Caregivers and Healthcare Professionals
Thank you for your continued service to our communities during this unprecedented time.
The health and safety of our nurses and healthcare professionals continues to be our top priority during the COVID-19 outbreak, and we are taking measures to protect your health.
Where can I find reliable general information, the actual affected areas and the signs and symptoms of the Coronavirus?
To obtain additional information, please refer to the CDC.
Can an employee refuse a homecare assignment where the patient or a family member may have been exposed to the Coronavirus?
Yes, any employee can be asked to be removed from a case for this reason.
What We Are Asking Employees To Do:
The CDC has issued guidance to businesses to help prevent the spread of the virus, which we are monitoring and following. Based on that guidance, all employees are asked to do the following:
- Don’t go to work if you are sick, and avoid contact with others as much as possible. If you are sick, please contact your Maxim representative.
- If you are an employee working in a facility, follow the protocol established by the facility.
- If you are not sick but have a sick family member at home who has been diagnosed with COVID19 or you believe you may have otherwise been exposed to COVID-19, you should notify your local Maxim field office representative of your potential exposure, and refrain from reporting to work until speaking with Maxim for further instructions. Maxim will conduct the appropriate risk assessment as recommended by the CDC and will discuss options with you.
- If you are placed in quarantine, home restrictions, or are advised to take any other precautions by federal, state, or local health authorities, comply with all such instructions. Notify your local Maxim field office representative, so that Maxim may make arrangements appropriate to the situation, such as by placing you on an appropriate leave of absence.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. After touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, or after contact with people who may be sick, wash your hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the used tissue in the trash and wash your hands. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder.
- Follow infection control and handwashing hygiene. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you do not have access to soap and water, use a hand sanitizer containing 60%-95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used preferentially when your hands are visibly dirty. More information about coughing and sneezing etiquette and cleaning your hands is available from the CDC.
- Follow any Maxim or facility-mandated (if applicable) instructions and health authority guidance regarding whether to use a facemask. Generally speaking, the CDC does not advise that people who are well need to wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illness including COVID-19. CDC advises that you should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it, such as if you have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. However, Maxim may require certain classifications of workers to wear facemasks, respirators, or other personal protective equipment (“PPE”) where advised or required by health authorities or OSHA.
We are all responsible for keeping our workplace safe, and your proactive steps are needed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and provide updates as needed.
Thank you for all you do – each and every day – to serve our communities.
Should you have any questions, please reach out to your local recruiter or to our Employee Relations team at firstname.lastname@example.org.