We are in the business of caring for the senior population and right now, ensuring their safety and health is our utmost priority amid a national pandemic that puts elderly and those with underlying health conditions at greater risk. We also share these resources with you to allay fears and anxiety that can easily be triggered and offer one place for resources and facts so you, along with our teams, can proactively prevent further spread and minimize the effect of COVID-19.

COVID-19 (known to us as coronavirus) is a virus that presents a range of illness, while many may be mild to moderate with symptoms similar to colds and flu, some cases may be more severe. Symptoms include high fever, cough and/or shortness of breath.

Your Questions Answered…

We’ve received a few great questions from clients and families and felt that others may benefit from our response. Feel free to reach out to us with your questions and answers at covid19@lifesprk.com.

  • Why aren’t staff wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times? We are following the CDC guidelines for appropriate PPE use for community and campus settings. While we don’t discourage the use of PPE, the unnecessary use will deplete PPE resources which are already in limited supply nationally.
  • What are you doing to keep my loved one safe? We are practicing standard precautions, frequent cleaning, daily symptom screening of all staff. As individuals (clients or employees) with suspect symptoms are identified, we are taking the next level of precautions as recommended by the CDC to prevent further transmission.
  • When can we visit our loved ones again? As soon as it is recommended. Please visit the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for additional resources.

Here are a few tips you can do right now to prevent or minimize effects:

  • Strict handwashing procedures, soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds several times per day
  • Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol (traditional hand washing is recommended)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and always cover your cough or sneeze
  • Throw tissues in the garbage immediately after one use and wash your hands with soap and water
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched often
  • Limit close contact with others – recommendation is to be 3-6 feet away from others
  • Ask family members and friends if they’ve traveled to any high-risk areas or out of the country in the last 14 days or if they have any symptoms of respiratory illness. Avoid visiting if they answer yes to these.
  • Stay home if you are sick

What our team is doing to protect you:

  • Following strict droplet and contact precautions and you may see our team utilizing masks when working with clients with cough or fever, eye shields to prevent potential fluids from getting in the eyes, and gowns.
  • Wearing gloves for any type of care.
  • Verifying with every client if they have family members who have been out of the country or are showing respiratory symptoms and a fever; this is no different than what we already do with the flu.
  • Closely monitoring our nursing and caregiving teams regarding any contact they’ve had, symptoms they might be experiencing and taking the necessary precautions.
  • Verifying any/all contact our employees have had with clients and family members who may have been traveling or are experiencing any symptoms and then putting in place the appropriate steps to minimize spread.

If you need immediate support at home or guidance, please reach out to our team directly for a consultation. 

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Questions? Please reach out to our Lifesprk Infection Control Team at 952-345-8770:

  • Nick Schneeman, Lifesprk Chief Medical Officer
  • Cathy Lauring, PHN, APRN
  • Paulette Duncan, RN