The COVID-19 pandemic has spotlighted the important role that home-based primary care (HBPC) providers are playing in caring for homebound patients who are generally the most vulnerable to the outbreak. HBPC also helps keep these patients out of hospitals and clinics, unless necessary, which fights the spread of the virus, provides an isolated place for COVID-19 testing, and eases the strain on already stretched hospital and clinic resources, including staff, beds and personal protective equipment.
The Home Centered Care Institute is playing a key role in supporting HBPC providers during this time by educating them on COVID-19 topics and areas, such as identifying HBPC-specific changes in CDC and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updates; discussing best practices for processes and protocols; and following appropriate infection control procedures. HCCI does this in a variety of ways, including providing free webinars, online courses and resources; creating an online LinkedIn community especially for HBPC providers to discuss the pandemic; launching a video interview series called “HCCI Conversations with…,” and continuing to spread awareness of the importance of HBPC in fighting the pandemic through recent media opportunities with CNN, Hospice News and Kaiser Health News , among others.
At the same time, HCCI is also an official participating organization in the upcoming “GivingTuesdayNow” campaign. GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020, as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.
Learn more about how you can donate to help HCCI combat COVID-19 and, by doing so, be part of the GivingTuesdayNow campaign.
Please then also consider donating on a longer-term basis. Because, as the pandemic evolves and the world slowly emerges into a “new normal,” HBPC will continue to play a critical role for these patients and others – many of whom may be in your own family or community.