We are beginning to see an increase in the admission of residents who have been impacted by COVID-19, to our communities. ONR expects this trend to continue for some time. It is critical as healthcare providers, that we have the most accurate and up to date information about this virus. Information is key to protect ourselves, our families and our residents while giving them the services they need.
Please click here to view “Therapy in the World of COVID-19: What Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists need to know.” This is an excellent presentation which contains up to date information about the virus and considerations for treatment of resident’s impacted by it. ONR HIGHLY recommends taking an hour of your time to view this as clinicians. It is important that we react with facts and not fear when treating our patients in recovery from COVID-19.
Just a few of the great takeaways from this presentation include:
- Information about how the virus is transmitted and how long it lives on surfaces in the real world. We’ve heard that it can live 24-72 hours on cardboard, plastic, and steel, but in reality, only about .1% of the virus remains at those times.
- Spouses of infected people become infected about 55% of the time.
- The incubation period for the virus is a median of 4 days and people are most contagious about a ½ day before symptoms begin.
- Directives on how to protect yourself, your family and your residents from infection
- Some critical ways to prevent infection: hand washing, donning and doffing PPE correctly and the use of widespread testing.
- Typical clinical presentation of patients recovering from COVID-19.
- How to transition the resident’s home and prepare their families.
Many of the patients we’re seeing and will see are past the stage of being contagious. Most of these patients have significant therapy needs.
Additionally, many LTC residents not impacted by the virus, are experiencing declines in function due to decreased mobility, change of environment, change of routine and social isolation.
It is important that we respond with meaningful, high quality, patient-driven therapy. We ARE essential!