Dear Patients and Families of The Hospice of Baton Rouge,
We would like to take this opportunity to update you on The Hospice of Baton Rouge’s preparation efforts related to Covid-19 (coronavirus). Our leadership team including administrative nurses and physicians are closely monitoring the situation and are in contact with others across the state, with our local agencies and the CDC.
While we are not currently in a high risk area, we do want to be vigilant with our preparation efforts. We will do our best to update you as situations change in our community.
To protect patients and their families, we are using CDC protocol to screen our employees and volunteers for signs of infection. Staff who screen positive for signs of respiratory illness will not be visiting patients or reporting to work.
Please know that our services, supplies and visits may be limited at this time as we prioritize where our resources are needed most.
The CDC has identified older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, or kidney disease at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. According to the CDC, early data suggest older people are twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness.
This is likely because as people age, their immune systems change, making it harder for their body to fight off diseases and infection, and because many older adults are also more likely to have underlying health conditions that make it harder to cope with and recover from illness. Age increases the risk that the respiratory system or lungs will shut down when an older person has COVID-19 disease.
That’s why the CDC is recommending that people at higher risk take the following actions:
Among the CDC’s advice are these common-sense tips:
What to do if you develop symptoms:
Is there a vaccine for the virus?
Is there a treatment for the virus?
Is there a test available to our patients?
Thank you for entrusting us with the care of your loved ones. Feel free to contact our office with any further questions or concerns @ 225-767-4673.
Catherine Schendel, CEO
The Hospice of Baton Rouge
Guidance for Home Care of People Not Requiring Hospitalization for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):
Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Homes and Residential Communities: