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In-Home Care a Safe option for the elderly with disabilities during COVID

In-home health care is essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. Limit exposure and keep your disabled loved ones safe with 24 Hour Home Care. Call today.

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A Safer Approach to in home care during COVID19

In-home care is the best answer to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how 24 Hour Home Care is responding to the crisis with their SAFER approach.

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10 Creative Stay at Home Activities for Kids and Families

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to maintain a proper distance from others. Social distancing measures such as quarantining at home aren’t just ideal for recovering from illness, but staying in can actually reduce your risk of catching this highly contagious virus. Stay at home orders have been lifted in some areas, but it’s still recommended that you and your family reduce non-essential public exposure and travel for the foreseeable future.

This means spending plenty more time at home. It may seem tough to continue sheltering in place, but thankfully there are activities that you can enjoy right at home and share with the whole family. Read on to discover fun, educational, and enriching stay-at-home activities that won’t just pass the time, but keep you safe and healthy.

The Importance of Stimulation

The human mind and body crave stimulation. Entertainment and exercise are essential to mental health. While quarantining at home, you and your family members may experience stress, anxiety, or even unease with changes in your routine. Add to this limitation on social interactions, and you may start to feel intense boredom at home.

Stimulating activities involve many areas of the brain and can help improve mental health during uncertain times. Enjoying these activities with others can help reduce your risk of anxiety, depression, and boredom. The sense of productivity and accomplishment when you complete a fun activity can also help everyone in the family maintain a positive self-image.

Finally, stimulation through activities just keeps you from getting stir-crazy! There is plenty of temptation to return to former activities out in public. Your children may be eager to get back to a public playground, movie theater, etc.–as germy as these areas may be. But if you find ways to entertain the whole family at home, such as these 10 activities, you’ll relieve your temptation to go out in public for stimulation.

1. Gardening

A fun and satisfying outdoor activity, gardening is a famously calming task that children will love. While gardening offers slow results, the work of digging holes, pruning flowers, and even decorating a flower bed with stones and bricks allows the whole family to use their creativity. Let your kids be involved in the decision-making for the best results.

2. Upcycle Toys

Turn your sanitary recyclables into fun toys. Use a cardboard box and string to make a homemade guitar, or even turn old clothing into stuffed toys. Let every member of the family show off their creativity and swap the resulting toys secret-Santa style. It’s never a bad time for gifts!

3. Bake

Rare is the child that will turn down a sweet snack. Bake delicious but healthy snacks such as trail mix or fruit tarts. Show kids the benefits of making fresh food right at home. Put on music and get the whole family involved!

4. Make Stickers

Packing tape and some markers are all you need to make custom stickers in the comfort of your home. Trade stickers for help around the house or yard, or even let kids apply their stickers on their electronics and bedroom doors. Family crafts are great for bonding and praising kids for their finished products helps build confidence.

5. Watercolor Paint

Watercolor painting can be difficult. It certainly has a learning curve. However, you have plenty of time at home to roll out thick paper and paints and learn a new creative skill with your family. If you’re new to watercolor painting, you may not do well at first, but practice makes progress. Enjoy the process and have fun with it!

6. Redecorate

Rearrange furniture and decor in every room. Even your kids will love the fresh look and feel when their bedrooms are rearranged. This may be a great chance for them to hang up some artwork they made themselves! Plus, you can take this opportunity to convince everyone in the family to get rid of old or unused junk.

7. Make Accessories for Pets

Accessorize your pet’s collar or animal-safe clothing with a fun little accessory that matches their personality and coloring. Use a glue gun and pieces of felt to build each accessory. It’s a fun task, and your pets will love the extra attention.

8. Try Origami

An ancient Japanese art that’s popular to this day worldwide, origami papercrafts are accessible and fun. Start off small with simple shapes like origami jumping frogs, try the classic flapping crane, or even incorporate cut designs to make crafts like paper lanterns.

9. Invent a Board Game

If you stay at home with kids, activities such as games will be in high demand. So make your own board game! This is a great team effort for the whole family. Invent your very own fun and challenging board game. Develop a board, cards, play pieces, a spinner wheel, or other fun features. Not only will you love playing this unique board game together, but you can also share it with guests when it’s safe to have company again.

10. Make Wreaths for Every Month

Who says Christmas is the only season for wreaths? The whole family can get together and make wreaths for every month, like floral wreaths for May and summer decor for June. Use foam, a hot glue gun, and decorative pieces like dried leaves and felt to make custom wreaths. Search your backyard for twigs and other decorative objects, too. You can decorate your front door differently every month. Fun and rewarding experiences such as these are engaging during a difficult time and help kids stay occupied and even happy to be at home with the whole family.

If you need help caring for your loved ones, call 24 Hour Home Care. We offer dedicated, attentive, and professional home care services. 24 Hour Home Care supports and provides care for individuals with developmental disabilities, working directly with various Regional Centers across California to provide respite care, specialized supervision, personal assistance and FMS programs. We’re working hard to ensure your family members and our providers stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Why is PPE Important for in-home health care during COVID

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is essential for caregivers, but what is PPE? Those who care for loved ones, as well as individuals who provide professional care services for others, must minimize their exposure to infectious illnesses. PPE provides that protection. In recent months, COVID-19 has opened our eyes to how easily infection spreads from one person to another before we realize the threat exists. We also know that the elderly and those who have compromised immune systems are more susceptible to infection. One way to protect ourselves and each other is to wear PPE.

Types of PPEs

According to the FDA, PPE helps block the transmission of contaminants from body fluids, respiratory secretions, or blood. It provides a non-disease specific barrier between infectious viral and bacterial contaminants and the skin, mouth, nose, or eyes. There are several different types of wearables that help prevent the spread of infection.

  • Masks cover the mouth and nose; however, other types of masks also have a see-through plastic shield covering the eyes.
  • Clothing, including gowns with long sleeves, aprons, head coverings, and shoe covers, prevent the transfer of contaminants between patients, the environment, and other individuals. Protective clothing reduces the spread of droplets or other body fluids to the caregiver’s skin and clothing.
  • Gloves are worn to reduce the risk of contamination of the caretaker’s hands and to reduce the transmission of contaminants from the caretaker to those they are providing care for.
  • Boots and closed-toe work shoes are recommended in areas where you may come into contact with harmful chemicals or are cleaning areas where infections have occurred.
  • Respirator masks with eye protection are recommended for healthcare workers when performing aerosol-generating procedures such as tracheal intubations, tracheostomies, CPR, or bronchoscopies. These procedures have a very high risk of infection exposure to those performing and assisting with the procedures.

The Importance of Wearing Gloves for Caregivers

In addition to frequent handwashing, PPE provides additional protection from spreading an infectious condition. Wearing gloves is essential. Caregivers come into contact with saliva, blood, urine, stool, or other body fluids. Gloves are a crucial safeguard. Pathogens that cause disease can enter the body through the eyes, mouth, nose, or urogenital openings. They can also enter a person’s body through a wound or bite that has broken the skin. Caregivers wear gloves to not only protect themselves from infection but also to prevent spreading contaminants to others in the household or nearby surroundings. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends wearing gloves when handling the laundry of those with an infection. Additionally, wearing gloves while disposing of trash that contains items used for the care of the individual is another key safeguard against cross-contamination.

Face Masks Offer Additional Protection

Another line of defense against the transmission of illness is a face mask. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that cloth face masks be worn by infected individuals when they are around others in their homes or out of the house and at a doctor’s appointment, for example. Although the CDC does not consider cloth face masks to be PPE, they are appropriate for those who are not working in an infectious environment like a health facility. Those who have a medical condition that weakens their immune system should also wear face masks when leaving their home. For professional in-home caregivers and family members who serve as caregivers for a loved one, wearing a disposable face mask protects both the person they are caring for and themselves.

The Role of Shoe Covers

Healthcare workers wear shoe covers to prevent the spread of pathogens, although they are not currently a recommended PPE for healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients. They are beneficial for those seeking to maintain a cleaner environment and to keep shoes clean and free of contaminants or hazardous materials. Shoe covers are easy to put on and take off and are disposable.

Reusing PPE: Masks, Gloves, and Gowns

Some types of PPE can be washed and reused, but most are designed to be used one time by one person, then thrown away. Cloth face masks can be washed in a washing machine in hot water, then tumble dried. They can also be washed by hand. Lather with soap and scrub for at least 20 seconds with warm to hot water before tossing into the dryer. Respirator masks and protective eyewear can be reused, but proper decontamination should follow each use. Disposable gloves, masks, gowns, and aprons should also be thrown away after each use. However, many healthcare institutions are currently reusing paper and plastic gowns due to shortages to optimize the use of some PPE as per CDC recommendations. There is some disagreement within the professional medical community as to the safety of reusing these types of PPE.

Those who provide personal care services should be conscientious and vigilant when it comes to protecting the health and well-being of those they care for. Our caregivers follow the latest guidelines to ensure the safety and comfort of your loved one. Whether you are seeking around-the-clock care, respite care, companionship, meal preparation, or medication reminders, we’ll provide the hands-on assistance you need.

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24 Hour Home Care Announces Partnership with GrubHub

April 8, 2020, EL SEGUNDO, CA, 24 Hour Home Care, a leading non-medical home care provider, is pleased to announce it has partnered with Grubhub, the leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace, to connect isolated seniors with on-demand food delivery services through a new program called GrubWith24. Through this innovative partnership, 24 Hour Home Care will offer seniors the ability to order food on Grubhub without using a smartphone or visiting Grubhub’s online site.

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Everything You Need to Know – [COVID-19]

24 Hour Home Care is actively monitoring the progression of the coronavirus, COVID-19, to ensure that we have the most accurate and latest information on the impact of the virus.

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24 Hour Home Care® Named One of the 2019 Best Workplaces for Aging Services by Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE

Los Angeles, CA – Great Place to Work and FORTUNE have honored 24 Hour Home Care as one of the 2019 Best Workplaces for Aging Services. The ranking considered feedback representing 223,183 employees working for Great Place to Work-Certified organizations in Senior Housing & Care and At-Home Care in the Aging Services industry. Great Place to Work, a global people analytics and consulting firm, evaluated more than 60 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included the extent to which employees trust leaders, the respect with which people are treated, the fairness of workplace decisions, and how much camaraderie there is among the team. Rankings are based on employees’ feedback and reward companies who best include all employees, no matter who they are or what they do for the organization. 24 Hour Home Care took the number 4 spot on the list.

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24 Hour Home Care® Voted “Best In-Home Care” by the Los Angeles Daily News for the Fifth Consecutive Time

Los Angeles, CA – 24 Hour Home Care is thrilled to announce that it has been named Best In-Home Care by the Los Angeles Daily News for the fifth consecutive year! This award is given to the company that brings value to the community by providing services that make a difference in people’s lives every day. 24 Hour Home Care has been serving Los Angeles and the surrounding communities since its inception in 2008, with the opening of its first office in Torrance, California.

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24 Hour Home Care® Ranks on the Inc. 5000 List for the Seventh Year in a Row

NEW YORK, August 14, 2019Inc. magazine today revealed that 24 Hour Home Care is on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. This marks the seventh consecutive year that 24 Hour Home Care has been named on this prestigious list. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

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