UPDATED APRIL 15, 2021
HBV CORONAVIRUS UPDATES
FROM HOSPICE BRAZOS VALLEY'S
PRESIDENT/CEO & INFECTION CONTROL OFFICER
Hospice Brazos Valley’s Response to COVID-19 to Protect Patients, Caregivers, and Our Team
Patient care and safety remain our top priority during the COVID-19 health crisis. Our team is taking COVID-19 very seriously as our patient population is at high risk for infection. Hospice Brazos Valley’s COVID-19 Response Team meets frequently to both review current information, coordinate our care team’s response, and develop new protocols needed to keep patients, caregivers and team members healthy and safe. HBV staff are using personal protective equipment when providing care to diminish the spread and limit exposure of COVID-19, to protect patients, families, fellow staff and the community. COVID-19 vaccines have been offered to all HBV staff and volunteers on a voluntary basis.
Hospice Brazos Valley is following all updates and recommendations from federal, state, and local authorities, and is taking the following actions to combat the spread of COVID-19.:
Each patient and caregiver is screened regularly for the appearance of new risk factors and symptoms suspicious for infection, including COVID-19.
All office locations have enhanced sanitation measures in place and personal protective equipment and supplies are ready for use should the need arise.
Signage is in place at all office locations with best practices and steps each team member is taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Visitors are asked to refrain from entering patient homes should they have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, been to an affected location in the last 14 days or had contact with somebody with the Coronavirus.
Hospice Brazos Valley operates the only hospice Inpatient Facility serving 17 central Texas counties. The Inpatient Facility serves the needs of the most critical and acute hospice patients and therefore requires an elevated level of protection. The following measures and precautions are currently in place at the Inpatient Facility:
Limited access is in effect for both staff and visitors. The main entry door is locked with signage in place to ensure monitored entry.
Each visitor is screened to assess for any known COVID-19 risk factors and/or symptoms.
Patients are limited to two visitors at a time.
Each patient visitor is screened and provided an armband to wear to identify that they are asymptomatic and have been screened.
There are no limitations on the number of unique visitors per day.
Children under the age of 18 are allowed to visit but must wear a mask and remain in patient room.
Common areas remain closed.
We join the health care community in responding to COVID-19, and are grateful for your support and understanding. Our remarkable team remains resilient and innovative in navigating the pandemic to insure that the care of our patients remains uninterrupted and a source of comfort in uncertain times.
Craig Borchardt, PhD Myesha Turner, RN, BSN, MPH
President and CEO Infection Control Officer
Take the following steps as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to prevent exposure to (COVID-19)
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are unavailable.
Avoid touching your eyes, notes, or mouth with unwashed hands
Wear a facial covering or mask when going out in public
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces
Eat well, drink lots of water and get rest to strengthen your immune system
Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill
Avoid public gatherings or other places outside the home. Limit your contact with others.
Alicia Toole, CNA & Shelia Dalton, CNA
HBV Hospice Care Aides
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Updates from the World Health Organization
The Hospice Brazos Valley team has seen first-hand the importance and value of personal connections. In order to enable each of our patient's families to best mobilize their network of support during their hospice care experience,
we have partnered with CareFlash.
CareFlash is a Texas based company which was founded in 2006 after the founder's very personal experience with a family member's chronic health challenge and hospice care. CareFlash enables families to virtually and comfortably support and strengthen bonds during a health crisis, hospice journey and beyond. We encourage you to learn more and create your own "Careopolis" by using the link provided below.
Hospice Brazos Valley Chaplain Gary Roe's 5 Tips to Cope with Fear, Grief and Coronavirus
Free COVID-19 E-Book | Crisis: 7 Essential Principals for Managing Uncertainty
Download the e-book at www.garyroe.com
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS UPDATE
Hospice Brazos Valley is gratefully accepting donations of the following items to ensure our patients, caregivers, patient families, and HBV team members stay safe from COVID-19.
Medical Grade & Cloth Masks
for use by HBV team members and patient caregivers
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Special Thanks to the following community partners
who have generously donated COVID-19 supplies or food for
the Hospice Brazos Valley team:
Audrey Hawkin | Ridgefield, CT
Barbara Lucas | Mary Kay Consultant
Bill Rose | Fayetteville, TX
Brazos Bluebonnet Quilt Guild | College Station, TX
Brazos County Council of Governments
Brazos County Office of Emergency Management
Brazos Hero Mask Makers | College Station, TX
Chelsea Fajkus | La Grange, TX
Creative Memories Quilt Guild | Caldwell, TX
Family of Felix & Jessica Andrade | Brenham, TX
Fayette County Healthcare Provider Hotline
Fayette County COVID-19 Care Group
High Hope Care Center | Brenham, TX
Katrina Otto | La Grange, TX
Kenzie Eilerra | Mary Kay Sales Director
La Grange Community Members
Kari, Krystal, Dana, Chelsea, Sabrina & Jenna
Leti Phillips | Brenham, TX
Lori Dernehl | New Ulm, TX
Margaret Davis | College Station, TX
Nae's Pastries | La Grange, TX
Nail Tech Salon | Bryan, TX
NAPA Auto Parts | Bryan, TX
Pizza From The Yard | Brenham, TX
Randolf Recreation Center | La Grange, TX
Royers Pie Haven | Round Top, TX
Red Wing Shoes | Bryan, TX
Dr. Robert Alaniz Ph.D
Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
Rose Hicks | Lexington, TX
Scasta Family Dentistry | College Station, TX
Sewing Servants of the Brazos Valley
Sign Pro | Bryan, TX
Susan Blanchard | Brenham, TX
Taqueria Rio Verde | La Grange, TX
Trevino-Smith Funeral Home | Bryan, TX
Virginia & Nicole Parker | College Station, TX
Washington County Office | Brenham, TX
If you would like to make a donation, please contact Jimmy Gatica at 979.821.2266 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth Wishert, LBSW; Melissa Hackett, LBSW;
& Helen Ogbuishi, LBSW; & Brenda Schultz, LBSW;
Hospice Brazos Valley, Social Workers
Advocating for patient goals, ensuring emotional well-being and assisting families in identifying local support services & resources.