Hospice of the Piedmont Delivers COVID Vaccines to the Homebound
In response to an identified need, Hospice of the Piedmont became a credentialed vaccination provider. Using Federal and State Coronavirus funds the organization sourced the equipment necessary to store Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines which can be safely administered in the home by hospice team members.
It’s estimated that nationally there are 1.5 to 2 million individuals who are considered homebound. In the Piedmont-Triad, as many as 10% of the region’s 1.6 million people 65 and older are homebound and rely upon people within their household or programs like Meals-On-Wheels or other homebased services to help support their day-to-day living needs.
Hospice of the Piedmont is committed to connecting homebound individuals in our service area to vaccination opportunities. If you are a homebound individual or the caregiver of someone who is homebound, visit this link to complete a short form to understand if you are qualified for our program or call us directly at 336.878.7433.
Learn more by listening in to a recent podcast about our vaccination program.
We at Hospice of the Piedmont and Hospice of Randolph understand that these are difficult times and are responding to the COVID-19 crisis 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:
- Screening staff daily for symptoms and possible exposures.
- Implementing technology to help clinical staff connect with patients and their families remotely using Backline Telehealth.
- Equipping all clinical staff with recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves and their patients,
- Thinking outside of the box and creating innovative solutions to ensure that all staff and the families under our care are well protected.
- 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.
- Reducing the number of team members who report to the office each day to help do our part to flatten the curve.
- Limiting visitors at our inpatient units, Hospice Home at High Point and the Randolph Hospice House. (See below for more information about visiting.)
- Utilizing alternative methods for face-to-face counseling sessions and groups through our Grief Counseling Center.
- Reinforcing education to all staff about hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette (i.e. coughing/sneezing into your elbow/arm) and social distancing.
Updated visitation requirements (as of 6.2.2021):
As a healthcare organization which receives federal and state healthcare dollars, Hospice Home at High Point and the Randolph Hospice House are legally required to comply with established public health mandates which may be imposed by federal, state and/or local public health authorities. Accordingly, each individual visitor to the Hospice Home at High Point or Randolph Hospice House is subject to the following:
- For the safety and health considerations of all visitors, patients, volunteers and staff, masks must be worn at all times while visiting.
- Visitors may only access the facility through the main entrance. Entry into a patient room by any other exterior access door is prohibited.
- Visitors are required to check-in at the team station and may be subject to symptom screenings.
- Visitation is strictly limited to four individuals in the patient room at any time.
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. Just as we have for the last 40 years, 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
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