We only admit COVID-19-negative patients and anyone who has previously tested positive and who has recovered and is no longer contagious.
If any of our current patients in our care present with COVID-19 symptoms, the Registered Nurses and Personal Care Aides are provided with full geared personal protective equipment (PPE) which include: gowns, face shields, head covering, foot coverings, N95 masks, and gloves and following extreme protocols to treat those patients. Any patients who are symptomatic and require emergency care as determined by RN will be transferred to the appropriate facility.
All Allwel patients and staff have been provided with masks in both NYC and Western New York. In addition, Personal Care Aides have each been furnished with care kits of standard PPE (personal care style latex/nitrile gloves) as well as reusable latex cleaning gloves.
All Personal Care Aides are ongoing monitored for symptoms prior to each shift with patients by our Special Care Team. Any PCA who reports symptoms on the CDC indications is removed from shift, provided with instruction for COVID-19 testing until test report is confirmed negative or in the absence of a test – a self-quarantine until criteria for return-to-work has been met.