CHICAGO (CBS) — When we think about people on the front lines of COVID-19, we often think about nurses and doctors.
But home healthcare workers face significant challenges, especially those who work with people who have special needs.READ MORE: Still Need A COVID Vaccine? Mass Vaccination Sites Reopen This Week In Cook County
Workers at Anixter Center’s McLean House on Chicago’s West Side don’t have the option of staying home. People here depend on them to carry out basic daily tasks.
Residents are both blind and deaf, so they rely on things like reading lips and physical touch to communicate.READ MORE: No Communication With Firefighters Before Baby Was Found Dead Outside Fire Station; Could Baby Boxes Be A Last-Resort Option In Cases Like This?
“We have everybody washing their hands, being safe, following universal precautions,” said Anixter Center residential manager Dayonna Baymon. “Our clients communicate physically, and tactile sign language for people who are deaf and blind or deafblind, it’s just impossible to be socially distant with our clients.”
Baymon’s family is concerned for her health. But helping her residents outweighs any fears about COVID-19.MORE NEWS: 'Straight To The ATM': As Chicago Area Thieves Target Cash Machines, Store Owners Work On Solutions To Curb The Crime
So far, there are no cases of COVID-19 at Anixter, but they’re prepared with an empty home facility to isolate anyone who tests positive.