House well being care has been a subject of nationwide dialog as a result of pandemic, not just for sufferers receiving care, but in addition, for affected person’s relations and family members who tackle a caregiving function at dwelling. Because the CEO of a neighborhood Philadelphia dwelling well being care firm, I’ve seen first-hand how the COVID-19 pandemic has upended the integrity of the house well being care course of, and has triggered a house well being aide staffing concern in Philadelphia.
The impression of COVID-19 has modified our procedures and companies at my firm (and throughout the business) fairly a bit. Earlier than the virus impacted our communities, it was a lot simpler to workers caregivers, and now caregivers are nervous about whose dwelling they enter. The identical factor goes for our shoppers who’re receiving dwelling well being care companies. They’re scared about who comes into their houses.
Though we do provide our shoppers and residential well being aides with a by no means ending provide of gloves, masks hand sanitizers, and different PPE necessities, you’ll be able to by no means be too secure. We satisfaction ourselves on educating every certainly one of our shoppers and aides on signs of COVID, easy methods to be secure whereas working and receiving care, and easy methods to use precaution when servicing a consumer in the course of the pandemic.
Whereas the COVID-19 schooling course of and PPE provides have given our workers and shoppers a peace of thoughts, there are nonetheless stigmas about our business which have triggered a significant staffing concern throughout a time the place shoppers are counting on these a lot wanted well being care companies.
One other concern we’re listening to from our dwelling well being aides embrace their eligibility to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine. Whereas we navigate Pennsylvania’s vaccine rollout plan, we’re doing all we will to make the newest vaccine data out there for our present and future workers, along with streamlining the worker onboarding course of to make sure our insurance policies are secure and environment friendly for future workers.
Earlier than COVID, our firm had a head to head onboarding course of, however now we conduct all the things both just about through Zoom or over the telephone. Our utility course of has develop into simpler, so in a method we have been in a position to make the most of the net course of to our benefit. In a time the place many have misplaced jobs, we’re in a position to provide numerous dwelling well being aide positions to our communities, whether or not they have formal dwelling well being care coaching or not, as a result of we’ve got a diligent coaching course of for brand new workforce members to make sure they’re outfitted with the instruments they should present high quality care.
Our firm understands the necessity for caregivers particularly at these instances, so we’ve got over 15 folks finishing purposes every day. Nevertheless, the provision of dwelling well being aides will not be assembly the native demand for dwelling well being companies throughout this time.
We name on Philadelphia to study extra about being a house well being aide. Having native family and friends enroll and apply to be a house well being aide helps create deeper neighborhood ties with our neighbors and family members who want us most all through the pandemic.
Michael Spivak is the CEO of All American Home Care, a Philadelphia based mostly dwelling well being care company.