QUESTION: My dad just got discharged from the rehab. He lives alone and needs
help while recovering. What precautions do you have in place to help prevent the
exposure to COVID-19?

ANSWER: In these times of uncertainty, the safety and health of our clients and employees
are always a top priority. We have been carefully monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak in
our community, and are aware that elderly and those with certain underlying conditions
are the most at risk from the virus, and are taking steps to minimize exposure and keep
everyone safe. Using the most current CDC guidelines, our caregivers have been trained
and educated on precautions to decrease the spread of COVID-19 and directed to wash
their hands immediately upon entering a client’s home and then frequently throughout their
shift. Hand washing can be supplemented with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. We have
also instructed our caregivers to help disinfect surfaces and frequently touched items in our
client’s home for their safety. Additionally, we have implemented a self-screening process
for caregivers per CDC Guidelines. We understand that the safest place our clients can be
right now is at home, and we are navigating these challenging circumstances to the best of
our ability in order to help keep them there.

Katharina Villanueva

Katharina Villanueva

RN, BSN, CCRN-K, SCRN, CNRN, DN, CDP

Kat is the founder of Nest & Care LLC, a Private Duty In-Home Care agency providing companion care, personal care, and skilled nursing services to families in and around Montgomery County and Howard County, MD.

For the past 15 years, she has devoted her nursing career to caring for patients with Neurologic or Neurosurgical conditions in the acute, subacute and chronic phases. She worked at Keck Medical Center of USC in Los Angeles, California before moving to Maryland where she exclusively worked with patients with stroke as a stroke program coordinator at Providence Hospital.

She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines in 1998. Kat is married to Mikael, a pediatric surgeon. They have 3 boys and 3 dogs.