Managing COVID-19 in Care Homes

Care homes, like the ones operated by Flatrock, require special attention to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, especially with residents who have intellectual or physical disabilities.

 

The CDC recognizes that many of the safety practices — such as social distancing and wearing a mask — may be difficult for those with disabilities. Some of the reminders the CDC provides care workers in homes that house residents with disabilities include:

 

  • Residents may need assistance or visual reminders for using a tissue and discarding it properly.
  • Handwashing or using hand sanitizer as well as cleaning and disinfecting may require assistance or supervision
  • Behavioral techniques can help residents adjust to changes in routines and take prevention actions. These may include:
    • Modeling
    • Reinforcing desired behaviors
    • Picture schedules
    • Timers
    • Visual cues

 

Our direct care workers are essential and their health and safety are important. Some things for our direct care workers to keep in mind:

 

  • Direct care workers should not enter a home if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or been in contact with someone who has the virus. 
  • Follow everyday prevention actions including frequent hand washing; social distancing when appropriate; wearing a mask and donning gloves when caring for a resident closely. Get vaccinated or boosted if you haven’t already.
  • The pandemic may be a source of stress for some direct care works. Learning how to cope with stress will make you and your community stronger.

 

At Flatrock, the health and safety of our residents and staff is our first priority. We provide personal protective gear as well as designated homes for quarantine to ensure the safety of all. We are open to any workable safety suggestions. We are in this together!