Bay Area End of Life Options is fully open, accepting new patients and continuing to provide services to all of our patients without restrictions. To expedite our new-patient intakes, we do initial visits promptly by TeleHealth video-conference and/or telephone. We follow that with in-home visits with infectious-disease precautions. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.
Coronavirus avoidance recommendations for our in-home terminally-ill patients:
- Distance – all visitors need to give the patient a 6-foot radius. NO touching (so sorry).
- Nobody, from family members to friends, with ANY symptoms (fever, runny nose, cough, aches pains, diarrhea) in the last 14 days should enter the patient’s home.
- Nobody with close family members who have ANY symptoms in the last 14 days should enter the patient’s home.
- No visitors with any known risk of exposure in the last 14 days, should enter the patient’s home.
- Upon entering the patient’s home:
Remove shoes outside.
Go straight to a sink and wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, dry with paper towels that get thrown into a covered garbage can.
- Food handling:
Food and beverages should be prepared and served using a fresh set of disposable gloves, or by washing hands directly before preparing and serving.
- disinfect Surfaces: countertops, doorknobs, bathroom appliances, bedside tables, couch side tables, light switches, phones, garbage lids, sink and faucets handles should be wiped down with disinfectant after visitors, or daily if no visitors.
- Wash hands with soap and water frequently. All family present in the house, and all care providers:
Wash hands upon re-entering home, before any and every meal or snack, after every bathroom visit, and before touching patient. If the patient is touched by anyone, the patient should also wash their hands immediately after.
Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer in between as needed. (Especially if touching money, or credit cards, or door handles).
- Obviously, all should cover their sneezes and coughs, either into their elbow or a tissue.
- Walking outside is fine, but keep a 6-foot radius whenever possible
To make a bleach solution, mix:
- 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
- 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
The basics from the CDC: