Frank De-Levi Discusses How COVID-19 Is Impacting Home Healthcare Services Across the United States

As the pandemic develops, it is becoming clear that providing medical care in the home setting is a useful strategy for diminishing and controlling the spread of COVID-19. Home healthcare is an essential service that delivers crucial support to seniors, individuals with chronic disabling conditions, patients recuperating from injuries, and people at the end of life. “The elderly and individuals with enduring diseases are at a higher risk of obtaining COVID-19, and hospitals and long-term care facilities may be unsafe for these individuals to receive care,” says Frank De-Levi of HomeAssist Home Health Services. The CDC reports that older adults have a greater risk of requiring hospitalization or dying if diagnosed with Coronavirus, as well as certain medical conditions can also increase the threat of severe illness. Facilities like HomeAssist, which is run by both Frank and his wife Kristina, has employed several precautions to provide safe and effective care to their housebound patients. Today, Frank De-Levi discusses how home healthcare services have been affected by COVID-19 and ways to improve home care during and after the pandemic.

Lower Demand for Home Healthcare Providers

Shortage of PPE and Respiratory Services

HomeAssist specializes in a wide range of services, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, medical social services, and home health aides. As a result, home care providers may participate in a variety of tasks, from wound care to monitoring individuals with unstable health conditions. “At the bare minimum, patients request that caregivers wear masks while in their home,” says Frank. While staff members typically experience full schedules, the pandemic has left skilled healthcare providers with gaps in their calendar. Frank De-Levi admits that many clients have cancelled or postponed their services; at the same time, aides are uncomfortable meeting with new clients during these uncertain times. With adequate protective gear available, home care workers and their patients would both be more at ease, allowing fragile individuals to receive the care they badly need.

Reliance on Telehealth

The New England Journal of Medicine defines Telehealth as “the delivery and facilitation of health and health-related services including medical care, provider and patient education, health information services, and self-care via telecommunications and digital communication technologies.” For instance, live video conferencing, mobile health apps, and remote patient monitoring are examples of effective technologies employed to care for patients from a distance. In addition to video chatting with patients in real-time, wearable devices can collect vital sign data like blood pressure, cardiac stats, oxygen levels and respiratory rates. “While Telehealth isn’t a perfect substitute for in-person visits, it makes it possible to deliver fast and effective healthcare during these unprecedented times.”

COVID-19 Screening

Another way we protect our employees and clients is through aggressive screening. Screening typically involves asking patients a collection of questions to evaluate an individual’s risk for COVID-19. Inquiries may include but are not limited to a person’s exposure to the virus, recent activities, travel history, and contact with individuals who have tested positive. For our employees, effective prevention measures start with a thorough understanding of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, such as fever, dry cough, and tiredness — to name a few. “Ultimately, we conduct regular phone calls with clients and providers to gauge whether or not they are at risk for spreading the virus,” says Frank.

The CARES Act

Conclusion

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