In response to the COVID-19 crisis HMOTA is offering free basic home assessments with an installer to assist with discharge of patients from nursing homes and hospitals.
We are now facing the unusual challenge of hospitals and nursing homes discharging large numbers of patients for patient safety and to make ready beds to accommodate patients with the virus, while home health providers are simultaneously doing everything we responsibly can to minimize home visits. HMOTA understands that patients may be returning home without adequate equipment, and that their homes may not be set up for their optimum safety. The following proposal is an approach that HMOTA believes can make that transition better and safer for the patient, family, and health providers, helping to support patients at home and reducing as much as possible the potential for patients returning to the hospital.
Free basic home assessments include:
- Virtual assessment of client in nursing home or hospital. This assessment requires someone in the hospital/nursing home to video the client’s functional skills such as; active range of motion (movement of arms and legs) transfers, bed mobility, ambulation (walking skills), and wheelchair mobility when appropriate. As well as a verbal interview regarding activities of daily living including bathing, toileting and feeding.
- Assessment of home. This may be virtual or in person. This assessment will make recommendations regarding emergency modifications to get client home from hospital safely. Emergency modifications usually including but not limited to: handrails, grab bar placement, lighting, rearranging furniture, adaptive equipment, & handheld showers.
- Installation. Installation of required modifications. Standard pricing applies. After grab bars/equipment has been installed it will be wiped down with disinfectant.
- Recommendations for long-term modifications, attendant care needs, and redesign for accessibility are based on standard charges and may not be available until after the COVID-19 outbreak is under control.
- Non-emergency construction will need to be scheduled at a different time.
Procedures HMOTA therapists and installers are taking to protect against spreading the
To protect the well-being of HMOTA clients:
We are committed to taking all necessary precautions and actions to actively reduce the risk of further transmission of COVID-19 in our communities.
HMOTA TEAM will take the following precautions.
- Conducting health screenings everyday to evaluate fitness for duty-taking temperatures before leaving home and at the end of the work day.
- Following standard hand hygiene protocol as health care professionals.
- Following standard health care durable medical equipment cleaning. Consider adhering to CDC guidelines.
- Promoting social distancing in all of our work-6’ apart unless safety indicates differently.
- Sharing information with all members as the public health response continues to emerge.
- We will not be entering homes where people are or have recently shown symptoms of illness.
Based on CDC and the National Home Builders Association recommendations.
According to Healthcare Purchasing News article “Studies analyze how long COVID-19 lives on surfaces”, March 17,2020
- Study in journal of Hospital Infection, it can live up to 9 days.
- It can remain in the air ~3 hours.
- It can remain on copper~4 hours.
- It can remain on cardboard~24 hours.
- It can remain on plastic ~2-3 days.
- It can remain on stainless steel ~2-3 days.
Studies concur that the virus can. be efficiently inactivated by surface disinfection procedures with 62-721% ethanol, .5% hydrogen peroixide or .1% hypocholonite within 1 minute.