The COVID-19 pandemic is putting tremendous pressure on home health care aides and caregivers in San Diego and around the country. Before the pandemic, nearly six million Americans of all ages relied on in-home care to recover from illness, age in place or live independently long-term. During the pandemic, more and more patients – those with increased risk of contracting coronavirus, those enduring coronavirus at home, and those recovering from coronavirus – are choosing home care. Agencies like Casa Companion Homecare Solutions, an in home care agency in San Diego, are working hard to deliver their usual excellent care to more patients while taking every precaution to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Since March, more and more people are choosing home care instead of a nursing home or even the hospital, because residents and employees of long-term care facilities comprise almost 40% of the U.S.’s total deaths. Casa Companion Homecare Solutions’ founder and Managing Director, Christine Lee, takes providing home care in San Diego during the coronavirus pandemic very seriously. In early April 2020, as the shutdown was in full effect and caregivers and home care aides continued with their essential work, Christine explained at length the way her employees were keeping themselves and their clients safe.
Casa Companion Homecare Solutions has been providing disease-specific in home care in San Diego for many years. Casa Companion home care aides care for patients with a wide array of conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, cancer, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, heart disease, ALS and multiple sclerosis. Casa home care aides also offer seniors, caregivers and loved ones recovery assistance, respite care and lifestyle assistance, during which services they encounter a variety of other conditions. The CDC considers that the following underlying conditions pose an increased risk from COVID-19:
“People of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19:
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
- Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 or higher)
- Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
People of any age with the following conditions might be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19:
- Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
- Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Hypertension or high blood pressure
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
- Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
- Liver disease
- Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
- Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
- Type 1 diabetes mellitus
This list from the CDC’s website was updated on July 17, 2020 to reflect the most up-to-date statistics on both children and adults in the United States and around the world. The CDC provides a comprehensive list of the data, studies and reports that informed their ‘risk’ list, and will continue to update it.
Many of the diseases, conditions, and issues that Casa’s home care aides encounter are on the CDC’s list of conditions whose sufferers must take extra care. Casa Companion Homecare specializes in providing in home care in San Diego to seniors and loved ones of all ages with these conditions on the CDC’s severe risk list, such as:
- Serious heart disease
- Compromised immune system during recovery post-hospital
- Alzheimer’s Disease / Dementia
Please look on the casacompanionhomecare.com website for more information on the in home care services Casa Companion Homecare’s home care aides provide. It’s important to note that the social benefits of home care solutions are just as important during this on-going shutdown as the physical and medical support. The lifestyle assistance companion caregivers provide could mean the difference between coping with quarantine and declining because of social isolation. Home care companions in San Diego and all across the United States are doing essential, life-saving work with patients of all ages during this unprecedented and dangerous time.