COVID-19 Procedures and Resources
During these uncertain times, we felt the need to make sure all Guests continued to have access to our services – no matter where they may be. Please refer to these resources that provide details on how we are responding to the pandemic, as well as safety precautions your family can take to reduce exposure as much as possible.
COVID-19 Precautions and Procedures
February 11, 2022
Dear IADC Guests and Families:
As part of our ongoing COVID-19 response, we have updated our policies and procedures. We understand the stress and fear that we all have experienced at some point in this on going pandemic. We are here to help, alleviate and assist as much as we can for our guests. If any guest is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please contact your center IMMEDIATELY. Below you will find our current protocols and procedures. Our goal is to keep one another safe and healthy.
As we continue to learn more of the COVID-19 virus and its variants we are learning to adapt along with new everyday life. As of January 2022, we have developed new protocol for individuals who develop COVID-19 symptoms and who are diagnosed with COVID-19. Symptoms can range from mild to severe illness. Signs and symptoms may not occur until 2-14 days after exposure. Please see below signs and symptoms of Coronavirus:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
If any of our guests or guest close family members/care takers experience any of these signs and symptoms, please call your home center to inform staff of illness. If your loved one is at the center and present with symptoms, one of our center nurses will perform a PCR test and have it sent out for confirmation. If PCR test is positive and guest is vaccinated, they will need to be quarantined for 7 days from initial onset of symptoms. If guest is not vaccinated, they will need to be quarantined for 10 days from the initial onset of symptoms.
Masks are continued to be worn by all staff and guests while attending the center. Disinfecting is also done daily and is common practice. We would like to keep up with the great work our staff has put in each center to better the health of our guests. This can be continued by having our guests’ loved ones/caretakers make sure clear communication is given if or when a guest becomes ill. Here at Independent Adult Day Care Centers are dedicated to the betterment and continued enrichment of our guests. Let us continue to keep one another safe.
Anika Hayden, Assistant Regional Director of Medical Services
The “Swiss Cheese Model” was originally introduced by British psychologist James Reason, and was more recently applied to COVID-19 prevention by Australian virologist Ian Mackay.
We have adapted that work to show how a number of preventative measures, each by themselves only partially effective, can be stacked together.
Each imperfect preventative measure can be thought of as a slice of Swiss cheese – the holes are the imperfections. Multiple imperfect measures can be used together to reach, or at least approach, perfection. The less the holes from any single layer line up with those of the other layers, the greater the prevention added by that additional step.
Additional COVID-19 precautions and helpful information
It is a good idea to think about your layers of protection from the Centers – keep in mind, risk of transmission is driven by:
1. The more closely you interact with others
2. The longer the interaction lasts
3. Whether the interaction is indoors or outdoors
4. The number of people interacting together
Eventual vaccine rollout will both serve as a layer of protection for those vaccinated and reduce the number of shots fired as the number of potential carriers goes down.
One of the most effective ways of stopping the COVID-19 virus is through proper hand washing. The video below from the CDC details how to effectively wash your hands. Please note, there is no sound in the video.