Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Questions & Answers:
American Baptist Homes of the Midwest (ABHM) understands the concern family members have for their loved ones. The COVID-19 outbreak only heightens that concern. Hopefully, the answers to the questions below give you peace of mind that ABHM is doing everything possible to keep your family member safe.
How is ABHM monitoring and keeping residents from being exposed to COVID-19?
• ABHM is in contact with our state Health Departments and Centers of Disease Control (CDC).
• Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) sends out communications and updated information.
• Transportation is only provided for essential doctor appointments.
• Social gatherings have been discontinued until further notice.
• Proper Hygiene and social distancing is being taught to and implemented by our members and employees.
• Staff have increased cleaning at all levels of care.
• Staff have been instructed to check their own temperatures prior to reporting to work.
What are the signs and symptoms COVID-19 and will my loved one go to the hospital if diagnosed?
• The signs and symptoms are similar to the A/B Flu: difficulty breathing, cough, fever (100 degree F), a general feeling of being sick or having no energy, or an uncomfortable feeling that something is wrong (malaise).
• We will place the positive COVID-19 loved one (pending or positive test results) in isolation to prevent spreading it to other residents.
• ABHM will care for your loved one as long as their symptoms remain mild and their other medical conditions do not flare-up, which could complicate the recovery process.
• If symptoms do become severe and require more hours of nursing and medical team attention, the member may be transferred to the hospital.
What happens if an ABHM employee gets COVID-19?
• ABHM is following all CDC recommendations related to employee and COVID-19. Unfortunately if one of our employee does become ill with COVID-19 that employee will need to be quarantined at home and recover under the care of their physician. Once recovered that employee will be screened prior to coming back to work to assure that he/she is ready to return to work per the CDC guidance and approval of their physician.
Is there COVID-19 test kits readily available at ABHM communities?
• At this time test kits are not available at ABHM communities. The local health department and the primary care physicians will decide who should be tested based on the symptoms of the resident.
• The health department will provided the test kits or instruct a private lab to deliver the test kit to the community.
Are there concerns with medical/cleaning, food supplies or deliveries?
• Staff will continue to assist members to purchase needed medical, cleaning supplies, and groceries as needed.
• There have been reported shortage of personnel protection wear (PPE). However at this time ABHM is experiencing routine deliveries and is in continuous contact with suppliers.
Does the CDC recommend the use of a facemask to prevent COVID-19?
• CDC does not recommend that people who are healthy wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19.
• You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it.
• A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms.
• The use of facemasks is crucial for health workers and other people caring for someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings.
From: Jan Caldwell- Director Crest Services
I wanted to reach out to members, guardians, parents and family members regarding the COVID-19. Information around COVID-19 situation is continually evolving and where appropriate we are implementing protocols recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in an effort to keep people safe, healthy and prevent the spread of all communicable illnesses. I am pleased to say at this moment we don’t have any confirmed cases in the locations of our program.
The symptoms of the coronavirus are wide ranging. Most individuals have little or no symptoms while others have been severely ill. Typical symptoms are fever, cough, sore throat, and sometimes shortness of breath. The coronavirus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person when they are in close contact with one another. Individuals may also contract the coronavirus by touching an object with the virus on it and then touching their nose, mouth or eyes.
I want to assure you we are taking the steps recommended by health officials to maintain the safety and health of the members we serve. We are purchasing supplies as they are available and have a limited supplies of Clorox wipes, masks and other personal protective items.
Staffing at the homes, unit based programs, and the office will remain as it is currently. If the coronavirus has an impact on Direct Care employees we will review staffing assignments in effort to maintain all necessary services. At that point Direct Care staff will need to prioritize job duties that involve supervision, personal cares, medication management and meal preparation. Crest Services is disseminating information to all Direct Care staff to review preventative measures, such as proper hand-washing techniques and how to work with a member that is ill, to limit the spread of the virus.
Should an individual(s) experience coronavirus symptoms, we will monitor and evaluate the exposure those members have to the greater community and large groups of people. Such as malls, movie theaters, grocery stores at peak times and recreational activities and events. By adopting a certain level of social distancing we may be able to limit the possible exposure to COVID-19.
I hope the situation has minimal impact on the day-to-day services Crest Services provides to the members and I want to assure you we are doing all we can to protect the members we serve. If you have any questions, just let me know. Thank you.