Article by Tracey Diani
The world as we’ve known it has come to a complete halt. Schools are closed, businesses have shut their doors, farms are losing their crops, and millions of people are adapting to a new way of life that very few ever imagined would happen in their lifetime. COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on cities, states, and countries around the world.
As we all adjust to new ways of life, some things are still very much the same. The need still exists for people to receive care. There are specific challenges for caregivers who are tasked with providing intimate care and assistance with activities of daily living, yet this time, our seniors greatly rely on top-tier caregivers who are essential workers.
Invaluable methods of adjusting include teleconferences and video screenings, which have become extremely vital pieces to the placement puzzle as we search for the ideal placement for patients.
As a lifelong optimist, I cannot help but accentuate the silver lining I see in the near and distant future for us all. An adult foster home provider is now able to conduct the screenings and assessments over the phone and in live video calls. It’s small adjustments such as these that are opening our minds to new ways of running adult foster homes.
This option means owners and operators can schedule multiple screening appointments and gather much-needed information from home. Providers can make multiple calls to all the necessary parties involved together with all the information they need to make an informed decision regarding admission of new residents.
I want to share five ways to integrate new admission policies and options in your home during the pandemic:
Keep in mind, policies and procedures around wearing masks, social distancing, going out in public are changing weekly if not daily. Please be sure to call the institution that you are working with, whether it’s a hospital, post acute rehabilitation center, nursing home or assisted living facility, please check with them to see what their policies are and help them to keep them in place.
I see a glimmer of hope as humanity comes together during times of crisis. I encourage all of us to take a moment to reflect on the good things we have in our lives, and some positive changes. We can use new options to effectively screen and admit residents. We can adjust to our new normal and make it through this together.
About the Author
Tracey Diani is a consultant & training facilitator with Oregon Care Home Consulting. She spent 10 years working for the State of Oregon as a case manager, adult foster home licensor and diversion/transition coordinator. Additionally, Tracey has many years of experience as a direct caregiver, and she is a certified Ensuring Quality Care instructor.
I've spent the majority of my career providing program service delivery, regulatory leadership, training development, and program coordination and management in government and not-for-profit organizations. I am now an independent consultant and training specialist who helps current and future adult care home providers in Oregon successfully navigate the licensing process and provide quality care to seniors.