Our Coronavirus Response | November 2020 Updates - Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice

Our Coronavirus Response | November 2020 Updates

We are following news of the coronavirus in Vermont and and nationwide and want to assure you that we are taking all necessary measures, in alignment with Vermont Department of Health and CDC guidelines, to protect the health and safety of our clinicians and clients. We are open for business and continue to accept referrals, including for COVID-positive individuals, for in-home services and supports across all programs.

These are some of the steps we are taking to protect you while we continue to provide high-quality care, education, and support to Central Vermonters at home.

Patient Safety

  1. All patients, including anyone present in the home during visits, are being asked to wear face coverings. We have a supply of cloth face masks for patients and family members who do not have their own.
  2. Patients are screened before every in-person visit. This gives us the opportunity to assess the client’s risk of exposure to the virus and respond accordingly with appropriate personal protective equipment for clinicians.
  3. We have remote visit options, like telehealth, available.

Clinician Safety

  1. CVHHH clinicians and caregivers wear surgical face masks and face shields for all in-person visits; and they wear full PPE (gowns, goggles, gloves) when indicated.
  2. Clinicians complete self-screening at the beginning and end of every work day.
  3. Staff are stocked with hand sanitizer and Clorox sanitizing wipes, which they use as needed and to sanitize their equipment between client visits.
  4. We support remote work options for all staff as appropriate.
  5. Staff are trained to administer COVID-19 tests for patients at home.

Our internal COVID task force meets regularly, and we frequently evaluate infection control and safety protocols. If you have questions about our COVID response, please email Becky McClung, MSN, RN, Chief Quality Officer.