COVID-19 has not stopped Good Shepherd Hospice from caring for patients in the comfort of their home and in our dedicated inpatient hospice units in Port Jefferson and Rockville Centre.
Our practices and protocols ensure the safety of those we care for during every visit and to keep our program strong, safe and effective, including:
- Screening all patients and family members prior to each visit to make sure all the right infection control precautions are used during the visit.
- Staff wearing masks and personal protective equipment when caring for patients who are COVID-19 positive or are suspected to have COVID-19.
- Staff are no longer mandated to wear a mask in the home but may choose to continue wearing masks based on personal preference or perceived level of risk for infection.
- Patients and their family members in the home or when visiting in our hospice in-patient centers do not have wear a face covering when visiting.
- If the community transmission rate changes to high, all staff will wear masks and we will request the same of our family members.
- When we care for COVID-19 patients our staff will use disposable or dedicated equipment for that person, such as stethoscopes, and we carefully dispose of all personal protective equipment outside the home once our visit is complete.
- We are scheduling COVID-19 patient visits at the end of the day so there’s no danger of exposure to other patients.
- Our two inpatient units have dedicated private rooms for patients. Family can continue to visit their loved ones. We are also prepared to provide family members with all required personal protective equipment if their loved one has COVID-19.
It is our privilege and honor to serve our community and those in need of hospice and palliative care.
Please call 631-465-6363 if you, or someone you know, needs hospice or palliative care.
Kim Kranz, RN, MS
President, Good Shepherd Hospice & Catholic Health Home Care