FirstLantic wants to make sure that you stay safe and informed during this difficult time. As a result, we have put this list of helpful resources together and will update as new information becomes available. In the meantime, if you or a loved one needs to speak with someone about home healthcare, please call us at 561-270-5961 for a free consultation. We also have put together a video with helpful tips that you can find here
Alert: Broward County has issued a shelter-in-place order due to coronavirus. Individuals are strongly urged to remain home other than to engage in essential activities. As a home healthcare provider, FirstLantic Healthcare has been deemed an essential business. FirstLantic is following updated and safe procedures and is available for all home care services.
COVID-19 Resources for Community
- Social Distancing – Click Here
- COVID-19 Traveler Info Card – Click Here
- COVID-19 Symptoms – Click Here
- Florida Agency for Health Care Administration – Click Here
- Information for those that are uninsured in Florida – Click Here
COVID-19 Resources for Healthcare Providers
- COVID-19 Visitor Screening Interim Guidance for Hospitals and Residential Health Care Providers – Click Here
- Updated Guidance on Evaluating and Testing Persons for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Click Here
- Contact Tracing – Click Here
- COVID-19 Online Resources- Click Here
- Care Academy Certification Program for COVID-19 Free to Anyone – Click Here
COVID-19 Protocol for FirstLantic Healthcare Professionals
FIRSTLANTIC HEALTHCARE IS ADHERING TO THE GUIDELINES SET FORTH FROM FLORIDA HEALTH, THE CDC AND WHO:
ALL STAFF AND FIELD CAREGIVERS ARE INFORMED OF THE GUIDELINES OUTLINED BELOW:
1. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
2. Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread the virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
3. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.
4. Stay informed and follow the advice given by your healthcare provider
Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow the advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
5. Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and a slight runny nose, until you recover.
Why? Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
6. If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers. Why? Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also help to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.
FIRSTLANTIC CAREGIVERS RECEIVE UP TO 2-3 TEXT MESSAGE reminders to observe standard/ universal precautions and to inform the office if they are ill and not go to the patient home if ill)
SHOWN BELOW ARE EXAMPLES OF THE DAILY TEXTS:
Clean hands can stop germs from spreading to others: https://t.co/uXE4YIOiCK https://t.co/B5LHQ1i3s8 (The link is a video of handwashing from the CDC)
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
FIRSTLANTIC PROVIDES INFECTION CONTROL SUPPLIES FOR ALL CAREGIVERS:
GLOVES, HAND SANITIZERS, AND MASKS
The supplies are available at both offices for pick up and are distributed by FirstLantic field nurses when completing the start of service, recertification and supervisory visits to patient homes.
OFFICE DISPLAY POSTERS IN ENGLISH AND CREOLE ON RESPIRATORY ILLNESS PREVENTION, HANDWASHING AND STANDARD/UNIVERSAL PRECAUTIONS
FIRSTLANTIC CAREGIVERS are questioned and reminded FROM FIRSTLANTIC OFFICE STAFF THE FOLLOWING:
1. Follow universal precautions at all times and read blast texts for further information regarding COVID-19 updates.
2. How is your client feeling?
3. How is the client doing on food and water or other household supplies?
4. Has the caregiver done any traveling in the last 2-3 weeks? If so, where?
5. Have you been around any other people who might have traveled in the last 2-3 weeks?
6. Are you receiving our text messages?
7. Any of your friends or family been ill in the last 2-3 weeks?
8. Any other things to report?