Advice for in-home community care workers during COVID-19
May 29, 2020
The Queensland Government has produced a fact sheet designed for workers who provide services in people’s homes, with information on how to best reduce the risks of covid-19. Many youth and family support services conduct home visits as a part of their service delivery. There are a number of steps that workers can take to minimise the risks of covid-19 transmission.
This includes calling before each visit to check if anyone in the household is experiencing respiratory symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath), avoiding home visits in areas where community transmission is known to be occurring, and the usual handwashing / sanitising, and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) as necessary. The fact sheet includes contact information for a federal government scheme to ensure adequate PPE is available for in-home care workers, for those services experiencing difficulties getting access to supplies.