Interim Guidance for Implementing Home Care of People Not Requiring Hospitalization for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
This interim guidance is provided to our Staff, our heroes! who are coordinating the home care and isolation of people who are most vulnerable to the covid-19 pandemic: the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions…or even those with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection, including persons under investigation. This includes patients evaluated in an outpatient setting who do not require hospitalization (i.e., patients who are medically stable and can receive care at home) or patients who are discharged home following a hospitalization with confirmed COVID-19 infection.
In general, we train our Staff to make sure people adhere to home isolation until the risk of secondary transmission is thought to be low. We use resources such as the Preventing COVID-19 from Spreading in Homes and Communities: Interim guidance that may help prevent COVID-19 from spreading among people in homes and in communities:
This document does not apply to patients in healthcare settings.
For interim healthcare infection prevention and control recommendations, see Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Known or Persons Under Investigation forCoronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a Healthcare Setting. CDC will update this interim guidance as needed and as more information becomes available.
Assess the Suitability of the Residential Setting for Home Care
In consultation with state and local health department staff, our Employees can assess whether the residential setting is appropriate for home care support for suspected covid-19 patients. Considerations for care at home include whether:
- The patient is stable enough to receive care at home.
- Appropriate caregivers are available at home.
- There is a separate bedroom where the patient can recover without sharing immediate space with others.
- Resources for access to food and other necessities are available.
- The patient and other household members are capable of adhering to precautions recommended as part of home care or isolation. A caregiver may wear a cloth face covering when caring for a person who is sick, however the protective effects (how well the cloth face covering protects healthy people from breathing in the virus) are unknown.
- Note: During the COVID-19 pandemic, medical grade facemasks are reserved for healthcare workers and some first responders. A cloth face covering may need to be improvised using a scarf or bandana. Learn more here.
- There are household members who may be at increased risk of complications from COVID-19 infection (.e.g., people >65 years old, young children, pregnant women, people who are immunocompromised or who have chronic heart, lung, or kidney conditions).
Diverse Home Care Staff provide Guidance for Precautions to Implement during Home Care
Our Staff always:
Provide CDC’s Interim Guidance for Preventing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) from Spreading to Others in Homes and Communities to the patient, caregiver, and household members; and
Contact state and/or local health department to discuss criteria for discontinuing any such measures. Check available hours when contacting local health departments.
Click below for CDC`s Guidance for Home Care Information specific for Covid-19 Patients who do not require Hospitalization: