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Nursing home and adult care facility managers can use this template to create a social distancing protocol that helps protect the health of residents and reduce the risk of infection among them and their caregivers. The template can be adapted to take into account practices that best meet the requirements. Companies must implement all measures listed below and be prepared to declare that any measure not implemented is not applicable to the company.
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Covid-19 | Social Distancing Plan for Nursing Homes and Adult Care Facilities
Measures to Protect Residents
Increase the distance so that the beds are at least 1.5 to § meters apart.
Arrange the beds so that people lie from head to toe (or from foot to toe), or use neutral barriers (foot cupboards, curtains) to create barriers between the beds.
Move residents with symptoms into separate rooms with closed doors and, if possible, provide a separate bathroom.
Avoid placing older adults or people with underlying medical conditions in the same room as people with symptoms.
Stagger meal times to avoid crowding in shared dining facilities.
Stagger the schedule for the use of shared kitchens.
Establish a staggered bathing schedule to reduce the number of people using the facilities at the same time.
Establish procedures to identify and update at least weekly the psychosocial resources available (e.g. providers, pharmacies).
Prepare for the cancellation of community day programs (schools, day care centers, day programs for the elderly and other day programs) and cancel them if you are asked to.
Reduce activities that gather many residents at once, such as "house meetings," and opt for smaller group activities.
Reduce external visitors to the house, apart from necessary visits.
Consider preparing forward-looking care plans and discussing them with residents.
Name other measures:
Measures to Protect Employee Health
Ensure that employees are aware of the policy on sick leave and are encouraged to stay home if they have the following symptoms:- Feel feverish or have a measured fever (greater than or equal to 38 degrees Celsius)OR- A new cough (within the last 7 days); OR- New shortness of breathOR- A new sore throat
Require preventive health checks for all nursing home employees every day when they enter the facility.
Require workers to wear surgical masks at all times to prevent possible asymptomatic spread
Encourage anyone who can do their work tasks from home to do so.
All employees were instructed not to come to work in case of illness.
Perform symptom checks before employees are allowed to enter the work area.
All desks or individual workstations were realigned at a distance of at least two metres
Reduce unnecessary staff meetings (e.g. large meetings where information is conveyed by written instructions).
Decide to use conference calls instead of face-to-face meetings where appropriate
Create a plan for personnel challenges.
Instruct cleaning staff not to "wrap" laundry before washing to avoid self-contamination and to wash their hands immediately after contact with soap and water or alcohol-based hand disinfectants.to disinfect.
Send a copy of this plan to the employees.
Measures to Improve Hygiene
Hand sanitizers, soap and water or an effective disinfectant are available to the public at or near the entrance to the facility, and anywhere else within the facility or immediately outside where people have direct interaction.
Disinfect all contact-intensive surfaces frequently.
Improve, where possible, ventilation in common areas such as waiting areas, TV and reading rooms.
List more measures:
Place signs at the designated entrances to remind people to avoid entering the facility if they have a cough or fever, keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres from each other, and avoid shaking hands and unnecessary physical contact.
Post a copy of the Social Distance Protocol at the designated entrances.
Post posters in the facility promoting proper handwashing.
Consider using billboards, signs, posters, brochures, e-mails, telephones, mailboxes, or slipping information under a person's door.
Contact the following person with questions or comments about this plan.
Please note that this checklist template is a hypothetical example and provides only standard information. The template does not aim to replace, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or any other applicable law. You should seek your professional advice to determine whether the use of such a checklist is appropriate in your workplace or jurisdiction.
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