I work with a California Licensed Home Care Organization. Competitors to our licensed In-Home Care are: Emergency Rooms, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Ambulance Rides and other currently overburdened systems. We take care of at risk, often non-weight bearing patients in home. I assure you we are healthcare providers and essential.
In order for home health, hospice and home care to be able to ensure that they can continue to provide vital services in the home during the pandemic is for the U.S. Department of Labor to expand the definition of "health care provider" to include the following:
Any employee of an entity who provides health care services in the place of residence of an individual including, but not limited to nurses, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, therapy assistants, medical social workers, home health aides, home care aides, homemaker-home health aides, personal care attendants, hospice chaplains, home medical equipment technicians, pharmacists, and individuals providing administrative and management supports to direct care employees.