Rosemary NichollsA Private home-help, carer and companion
in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Safety precautions to try to prevent coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

I continue to provide care, support and companionship to my clients throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

I take every necessary precaution to try to prevent and limit the spread of infection, as the safety of my clients is of the utmost importance.

I work following the Government and Public Health England guidelines at all times. These include wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), socially distancing where possible and following infection control proceedures as necessary.


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

I wear PPE (disposable gloves, disposable apron, a single-use face mask and if indicated a face shield), whenever I am in a client's home. I put the PPE on safely, remove it safely, and dispose of it safely after use. I wear fresh PPE with each client.

To enhance the effectiveness of the PPE, I also combine wearing it with the following practices:

  • Good hand hygiene. Washing my hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and / or using hand gel.
  • Good respiratory hygiene. Using a tissue or flexed elbow covering my nose and mouth if coughing or sneezing. Safely discarding the used tissue immediately after use (and washing my hands).
  • Avoiding as much as possible, touching my face with my gloved hands.
  • Practising standard infection prevention and control precautions, all of which have been routine practice throughout my career as a nurse.
  • I replace my face mask or any of the PPE immediately if damaged, soiled or damp.


  • Social distancing

    I take my social distancing responsibilities very seriously.

    Wherever possible, I keep a distance of two metres (or more) from others, including clients or relatives of clients, in their homes or when out and about (ie: shopping).

    If it is possible I will also try and work in a separate room to a client (ie: when cooking or ironing).


    Ventilation

    When working in a client's home, I try and keep windows and / or doors open if possible, to maintain good air circulation.


    In the case of coronavirus symptoms

    If, even after following these strict safeguards, myself or one of my clients shows any symptoms of coronavirus (high temperature, new continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste), I will take the appropriate action as advised by the Government and Public Health England and the NHS.

    I will advise my client to do the same and if needed, will then inform my client's next of kin.


    If you should have any concerns or questions you'd like to talk through with me, please feel free to call me on 07710 498 995 or click here to email me


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