Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs) are at a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure due to shared living spaces. Daily activities often occur in community areas, and some people share bedrooms. The need for protective health measures during the pandemic is vital to the safety and well-being of residents and staff.
Staying Ahead of the Curve
Protecting personal safety is the most critical task for ICFs. Since there is limited ability to isolate residents, minimizing the spread of infection is the best practice. COVID-19 and intermediate care require heightened screening techniques to ensure the transmission is not taking place between residents, staff, and visitors. Basic precautionary measures can be highly effective:
- Hand washing regularly
- Cleaning and sanitizing all surfaces
- Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at all times
- Monitoring temperatures
- Communicating all changes in physical health
- Practicing safe distancing
- Scheduling use of common areas
It is important for intermediate care facilities to consistently reevaluate protocols. Each care facility has to measure standards in relation to their ability to reduce exposures. Residents should be informed of safety techniques with visually helpful posters and physical demonstrations. Congregate living and vulnerable populations necessitate all persons to be vigilant in safeguarding each other. Shared protective measures help to assure ICFs are limiting risk at this critical time.