I have concerns about allowing people into our home due to COVID-19

Dear Olivia,

My family and I have concerns about allowing people into our home due to the rising concerns over COVID-19. We have had in-home care to help with the day-to-day needs of our loved one. How can we protect her, but still get her the care that she needs at home?

-Concerned about COVID-19

Dear Concerned about COVID-19,

All of us should be concerned about protecting ourselves and those we love from this dangerous virus. As everyone has been hearing, the Delta variant of COVID-19 is more contagious than what we were seeing this time last year. Therefore, everyone should take precautions to protect themselves and those they love from contracting the virus. The best way to do this is to be fully vaccinated, wear a mask in public, social distance and encourage your social circle to do the same! When it comes to allowing people, including caregivers, into your home, there are safe ways to allow necessary care to be provided while still ensuring the safety of your family.

Always require anyone who enters your home to wear a mask (caregivers should be doing this already), you wear a mask as well if in the same room as the caregiver and know that it is okay to ask if they have been vaccinated. You can also reserve the right to ask the agency to only send fully vaccinated personnel to your home. At the Visiting Nurse Association, our staff are required to be vaccinated in order to protect the health and well-being of those we serve.

Chief Nursing Officer of VNA Texas

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