We are beginning to emerge into ‘a new normal.’
Governor Murphy signed legislation and Executive Order ending COVID-19 public health emergency, and easing restrictions.
However, experts continue to advise caution, particularly given a new COVID variant on the rise.
The fact is, we still need to be careful…particularly with our elderly.
As of June 14, 2021, Seniors In Place issued new COVID-19 guidelines, reflecting both the easing of restrictions, balanced with using precautions in clients’ homes.
- Hourly caregivers will continue to wear masks while in clients’ homes, as a precaution.
- When a live-in caregiver has been absent from a client’s home for any period of time (brief or extended), she or he must wear a mask for 14 days upon return whenever within 6 feet of the client or when providing hands-on care.
- Vaccinated caregivers no longer need to be tested routinely, provided they have provided a copy of their vaccine card to the Seniors In Place office. There are two exceptions:
- They will be required to be tested if they show symptoms of COVID.
- They will be required to be tested if they are scheduled for a case in a facility and if it is a requirement of that facility.
- Vaccinated caregivers no longer need to quarantine if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID.
- Seniors In Place is still operating its COVID-19 testing center. Unvaccinated caregivers will continue to be tested.
- There are many places giving the COVID vaccine – some walk-in. Seniors In Place will help any caregiver or client gain access to the vaccine. Our nurses are actively providing education regarding the vaccine as new information emerges.