ATLANTA – While hospitals are overwhelmed with COVID-19 sufferers, dwelling care employees are working to maintain up with a surge in demand. Many households are more and more relying on dwelling care employees to care for their susceptible relations amid the continued pandemic.
“Home care does every part for me that I can’t do for myself,” Betty Anne, a 90-year-old who has been utilizing dwelling care for 2 years, mentioned. “During the pandemic, I really feel safer as a result of I’m dwelling, alone, with simply them.”
Eric Pritchard mentioned his household additionally selected dwelling look after his aunt, who had a stroke and coronary heart assault a number of years in the past.
“After she had a stroke and a coronary heart assault on the finish of 2019, it was exhausting for her to keep up herself at dwelling,” Pritchard mentioned.
Pritchard mentioned in the course of the pandemic, dwelling care was the most suitable choice to maintain his aunt secure.
“It’s been a Godsend. It could be almost inconceivable to care for her with out somebody right here in the course of the day,” Pritchard mentioned.
Across the nation, dwelling care employees are seeing a spike in new sufferers.
Jadawnya Bostock owns We Care Home Care within the Atlanta space. Her facility works to attach households with dwelling care employees.
“Once COVID hit we began choosing up loads of purchasers as a result of loads of relations are eager to take their households out of nursing houses, they’re wanting them to be dwelling as a result of now they’ll’t go to them attributable to COVID,” Bostock mentioned.
According to the National Association of Home Care and Hospice there’s a 125 p.c enhance in demand for dwelling care employees.
William Dombi the president of NAHC, mentioned the demand intensified in March and has been a full power ever since.
“It is a viable and doubtless extra protecting surroundings for care for people which might be attempting to keep away from the virus,” Dombi mentioned.
Although many sufferers are susceptible to the virus, Dombi mentioned dwelling care employees are in danger too.
“By our estimations, there are tens of 1000’s of actively contaminated COVID sufferers beneath the care of dwelling care suppliers right this moment. We’ve additionally seen deaths.. we’ve had dwelling care employees die from COVID-19,” Dombi mentioned.
Home care employees are doing a number of issues to restrict the unfold of the coronavirus. On prime of sporting masks and PPE, dwelling care teams are ensuring employees are taking good care of the identical affected person routinely to keep away from contact with a number of folks.
“It’s not scary in any respect… and I’ll let you know why… we’ve all of our PPE, we’ve our masks, we’ve our robes, and we ensure that if our caregivers exit of city, they should quarantine for 14 days earlier than they’ll return again to our aged’s dwelling,” Bostock mentioned.
Although dwelling care employees have been on the frontlines for different viruses, they are saying these don’t evaluate to COVID-19.
“This is completely unprecedented. I imply we’ve handled problems with SARS and the fowl flu and people sorts of issues, however none present itself with the depth that we’ve seen right here,” Dombi mentioned.
The Pritchard household mentioned dwelling care employees sacrificing their very own well being to assist their sufferers make them heroes.
“It makes issues a lot simpler, particularly on the household of the individual to know that somebody is taking good care of them, to know that they are being fed, to know that they are getting a shower on daily basis,” Pritchard mentioned. “Those small issues that after you’ll be able to’t do them for your self, they grow to be treasured.”