Keeping patients safe with Home Health

Published 04/06/2020

As we work together for our mutual patients we also want you to know how South County Home Health is addressing the COVID-19 pandemic with our patients. The safety of our patients and families comes first. We are monitoring developments daily from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), the RI Department of Health, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHCH).

Our Home Health clinicians discuss each patients’ daily needs which include the availability of food or other insecurities they may encounter during this time. We are providing continued resources and additional support for these patients. We are currently providing oversight for many patients via tele-monitoring in lieu of making an in person visits. We are also enabling video-conferencing with patients so that we can see them and communicate effectively if an in person visit is not possible. This enables us to safely assess and send daily alerts and other information to our clinicians during this critical time.

We are implementing best practices and optimizing the use of protective equipment such as masks, gowns and gloves and are working closely with the hospital and the RI Department of Health to take the best care of our most vulnerable patient population. This includes all of our clinicians who are taking their own temperatures daily and monitoring our patients for signs and symptoms of the virus. These initiatives have made have made a positive impact towards reducing the progression COVIDd-19 in Washington County and beyond.

We at South County Home Health are proud of our work and committed to our community. South County Home Health is a vital part of caring for our Washington County residents. We design our programs and services to meet the ever-changing and diverse needs of our population so that they maintain wellness and can live their “best lives” at home.

Contact us at homehealth@southcountyhealth.org or call our 24-hour lines: 401-782-0500 or 800-834-3334.