COVID19 In-Home Consultation Safety Protocol

Per Ohio Governor guidelines for re-opening Ohio during the COVID19 Pandemic, Nurture will be offering In-Home services to families as of May 1, 2020. In-Home Lactation and Physical Therapy Consultations are available with safety protocols in place for both staff and clients. Virtual consultations will continue to be available, allowing families to choose the service that best fits their needs. Please reach out with any questions on how we can best serve you!

The following are required protocols for both staff and clients (based on CDC public health recommendations):

Nurture Columbus Staff Requirements

  • Take temperature of yourself and all in household and ensure yourself and all in household are symptom free at the beginning of each day
    • Temperature should be below 100 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Symptoms to watch for include: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell
  • Wear Mask and Medical Grade Gloves during consultation
  • Wear clean scrubs and/or business logo shirt
  • Remove shoes upon entering home
  • Sterilize Baby Scale and staff supplies (phone, clipboard, pen, bag handles/zippers, etc) between each visit
  • Client will be charged electronically after visit to avoid in-person payment
  • Limit number of home visits completed each day to no more than 3

Client Requirements

  • Take your temperature and all in household prior to consultation. Notify Nurture Columbus if anyone has a temperature or symptoms to reschedule or switch to virtual consultation
    • Temperature should be below 100 degrees fahrenheit 
    • Symptoms to watch for include: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell
  • Notify Nurture Columbus if you have been exposed to COVID19 and are currently asymptomatic or if you have recently traveled outside of the state 
  • All adults in home wear a mask during consultation – Please let Nurture Columbus know if you do not have access to a mask
  • Have hand sanitizer out and available for use during consultation (consultant will also have hand sanitizer, if needed)

Thank you to both our staff and clients for taking all of our safety during this time seriously. We appreciate your continued support and the opportunity to serve Central Ohio families!

Check out our blog posts on Breastfeeding During Cold and Flu Season and COVID19 and Virtual Consultations!

ALL Pre-recorded Workshops are complimentary during Shelter-In-Place!

Resources used to create Safety Protocols:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-small-business.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/reopen-guidance.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/care-for-breastfeeding-women.html

https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/resources/news-releases-news-you-can-use/governor-dewine-announces-details-ohios-responsible-restartohio-plan

About the author: Julie Oberholzer is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) with Nurture Columbus, in Columbus, Ohio.  With her background in Public Health and Lactation, she enjoys meeting with parents and new babies, helping them on their feeding journey and supporting them as they find their new normal.

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