We at Hospice of the Piedmont and Hospice of Randolph know that the news about COVID-19 is a concern for many in our communities.
Without question, the health and safety of our patients, their families, our team members, and the communities we serve are the most important concerns facing our organization. We are closely monitoring and following the directives of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the NC Department of Health and Human Services to understand what we can continue to do to keep those we serve and our staff informed and prepared.
We are also:
- Equipping all clinical staff with recommended precautionary supplies to protect themselves and their patients.
- Reinforcing education to all staff about hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette (i.e. coughing/sneezing into your elbow/arm) and social distancing.
- Requiring all visitors to our inpatient units, Hospice Home at High Point and the Randolph Hospice House, to sign-in and self-report symptoms and/or known exposure(s). Visitors who report symptoms or known exposures are not allowed to visit.
- Asking a series of screening questions in planning for admissions or visits in homes in order to put any necessary precautions in place prior to any visit.
- Collaborating with our partner nursing homes and assisted living facilities to comply with facility access requirements which may have been imposed related to COVID-19. We remain committed to our being able to partner with our contracted facilities in order to continue providing care to those patients for whom we have a shared responsibility.
- Publishing an internal shared information site which will serve as a readily accessible resource for team members to receive updates and support.
As you can imagine, Hospice of the Piedmont and Hospice of Randolph care for individuals and their families at an already difficult time of life. We will continue to support those currently receiving services and those who may need our services in the days and weeks to come. Therefore, we will continue to monitor, evaluate and respond to the impact of this unprecedented time.
Chief Executive Officer