Personal protective equipment (PPE) is reserved, for the most part, for health care workers and other individuals working in a healthcare environment. During this unprecedented time, everyone is using PPE to protect themselves from COVID-19. Everyday use of PPE for non-health care workers usually includes a face covering and gloves. PPE use for healthcare workers can include a face covering, eye protection, a gown or protective “suit” and gloves.
To our valued front line workers,
We want to thank you for your courage and perseverance as you journey into work in the face of the current pandemic. We are proud to have you as a part of our team and want to thank you for sticking by us at this very challenging time.
For this purpose, we have put together this tribute to YOU — the home health aides and nurses of New York City — who go out in the field, day after day.
Thank you for your tireless efforts and bravery. You are the Heroes In Our Homes!
To all our True Caregivers:
We want to continue to thank you for being on the front line everyday when you show up to care for your clients. It is important that we care for everyone in this time of need. We want to remind you of what you should look for when caring for your clients during this time.
What to look for or ask your clients:
Exercise is an essential part of any health regimen. "The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week. That breaks down to at least 30 minutes per day, five times a week." This goes for seniors as well. If you are a home health aide, family caregiver, or friend of a senior and would like to help them maintain their independence, doing these exercises together will be beneficial to you both.
Home health care is a growing industry. With the onset of an aging population and ever-increasing hospital rates and fees, it is no wonder families have turned to in-home care to address the needs of their loved ones. However, this does not come without an increase in risk factors either. “Home health aides employed by agencies have a reported incidence rate of 15.3 nonfatal illnesses and injuries per 100 workers, compared with 3.9 per 100 workers employed in the health care private sector, such as physician’s offices” according to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).
Another year has come and gone and we have so much to celebrate and be thankful for. At the top of our list are our caregivers. In 2019 we honored twelve (12) caregivers with the True Star Award, which recognizes exceptional home health aides as we appreciate their hard work and dedication to our clients.