Given the rise in Coronavirus infections in Colorado, the State of Colorado has issued a recommendation that all HCBS employees (including Alpine Homecare employees) submit to free, weekly COVID-19 testing, ideally on the same day each week in order to identify and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Alpine supports these recommendations and we are excited to have this additional safeguard as part of our plan to protect our staff and clients. While we cannot at this time require any of our staff to get weekly testing, we strongly recommend it and encourage everyone to participate. The testing is free, prioritized for home care employees and results can be obtained online.
Please see below info for testing sites and please do not hesitate to contact Alpine's office at 303 309 6202 in case of any questions and see the State's letter attached below.
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What leads a person to follow public health guidelines?
"I get that we’re all sick and tired of COVID and I wish it would go away faster. A vaccine will come but until then, let's do the simple things. Wear your mask, social distance, wash your hands," said emergency physician for Denver Health, Eric Lavonas.
September 6-12, 2020 is Long-Term Caregiver Worker Appreciation week &
September 13-19, 2020 is Direct Support Professionals Recognition week!
(please read the Governor's proclamation in recognition of your work below)
We are so very proud of you and, once again, Alpine is helping our caregivers to celebrate! Not just with words, although we really appreciate you(!), but with actions:
Alpine is announcing the following HERO bonuses in recognition of our caregivers' unwavering front-line work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- $100 one-time, discretionary bonus for all full-time Alpine caregivers*
- $50 one-time, discretionary bonus for all part-time Alpine caregivers*
* HERO bonuses will be paid with the second salary in December on 12/18/2020. All caregivers employed with Alpine at the time of the bonus payment are eligible. Full-time employees are employees who - on average - work 30 or more hours per week.
Please contact Alpine's office at 303 309 6202 in case of any questions.
Attention Family Caregivers!
Participate in a Survey from Colorado State University
A team of researchers from Colorado State University would like to understand how family relationships are connected to feelings of preparedness for the caregiving role and responsibilities.
The survey is anonymous, and you could receive a $50 Amazon gift card for participating!
TAKE THE SURVEY HERE
Read our message to caregivers by clicking on the language of your choice and please visit Alpine's EVV page for more information:
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Effective 7/17/2020 all individuals over the age of 10 must wear a face covering / mask over their nose and mouth when entering or moving about any public indoor space in Colorado. No owner of such a public indoor space or business may provide services or allow individuals to enter without proper face coverings. Violators will be subject to civil or criminal penalties, including but not limited to prosecution for trespassing. Read the full text of the order below:
#COVIDStopsWithMe Surgeon General Jerome Adams shares an important message for Americans ahead of the 4th of July weekend: To slow the spread of coronavirus, each of us must continue to take personal responsibility to protect ourselves and our loved ones. By doing just a few simple things, we can make a big difference:
As required by state and federal law, starting August 3rd, 2020, all home care agencies in Colorado will have to electronically verify each home care visit to a Medicaid client. This will ensure that clients get their services. All agencies are required to utilize EVV and report the type of services a client receives, the client's MedicaidID, the date, the location and what time the service begins and ends.
To find out more, visit Alpine's EVV site here: www.alpinehomecare.biz/evv
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
New loss of taste or smell
This list is not all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention
Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately!
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
Inability to wake or stay awake
Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider and AHC Supervisor for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you before going to work. Please contact your supervisor before providing services to a client with other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility:
Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or possibly may have COVID-19.