Cold and flu season is always a time of year that VNA Health Group takes seriously. Because our staff is in the homes of our patients and families, we ensure that our staff is protected against the flu. This year, the importance of the flu vaccine is at an all-time high due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Below you’ll find more information about how we plan to continue safe home health practices during the cold and flu season.
Routine Hand Washing
Hand washing is one of the best defenses we have to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases are spread by not washing the hands with soap and water, including stomach viruses and respiratory illnesses. Keeping the hands clean stops germs from getting into the body through the mouth, nose or eyes. People frequently touch these areas without realizing it.
Covering Nose and Mouth When Sneezing
Getting into the habit of covering the nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing is another healthy habit we promote during cold and flu season. Respiratory illnesses are often spread through coughing, sneezing or talking, so covering the mouth is essential when you cough or sneeze. Our staff know to wash their hands after coughing or sneezing.
Not Going to the Home When Feeling Under the Weather
If a staff member is not feeling well, they will not visit our patient’s home. This has never been more important than it is now. A sniffle or light cough can be a sign of COVID-19, so we will not take any risks. As a visiting nurse service, we have a large staff and can send another home health professional to your home. This ensures you get the same high-quality, consistent care without compromising your health and safety.
You’re in Good Hands with VNA Health Group!
We realize that we’re going into some tough times right now, but we want to assure you that our teams are committed to great care and take their roles and responsibilities seriously. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out and connect with us.