Covid-19 patients may be allowed to quarantine at home if they fulfil certain criteria. Here are some tips on how to safely care for a Covid-19 patient at home or how to manage if you live with someone who has tested positive.
If you are the designated caregiver, ensure that you do not have any underlying health conditions that may put you at risk when you perform your caregiving tasks.
Set up a system for contactless delivery of food and necessities to the patient as well as for safe disposal of used utensils and garbage.
Wear a face mask and disposable gloves when you approach the patient or the patient’s room to deliver meals, collect used utensils or take out the garbage for them.
Frequently wash your hands with soap and water especially after handling surfaces or items that have been used by the patient. Use hot water and soap when cleaning utensils used by the patient.
Ensure that the other parts of the house are frequently cleaned and sanitised. Leave the windows open and keep the fan on to promote good ventilation and air quality.
Try to stay at home as much as possible and reduce your own contact with others for the duration of your caregiving. The Ministry of Health recommends staying home for 10 days.