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Kendal at Home continues to follow updates and recommendations from national, local and state health authorities concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read more about our response here.

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Kendal At Home’s COVID-19 Response

Kendal at Home is following guidance from health authorities to keep members and employees safe. We are working closely with all preferred providers to be sure that proper coronavirus infection control processes are in place.

How Kendal at Home is Keeping Members Safe

We encourage all Kendal at Home members to follow the World Health Organization (WHO) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) protocols regarding hand washing and environmental cleanliness. If you have not already had a flu shot, we encourage you to have one, it’s not too late in the season. If you have a compromised immune system, we encourage you to take special precaution by avoiding crowded areas in order to minimize your risk. It is our expectation that if any caregivers are sick or have any symptoms indicative of cold or flu, they will NOT be caring for any Kendal at Home members. This expectation has been reiterated to all preferred providers.

How Kendal at Home is Keeping our Employees Safe

All Kendal at Home employees have been educated on proper infection control procedures. We have implemented remote work policies for those employees who are able. Any employee who needs to may take PTO to either care for themselves or a loved one. 

Frequently Asked Questions & Requested Resources

Updated on 4/20/2020

Video Instructions for making a no sew face mask: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPx1yqvJgf4

Coronavirus and Your Retirement Savings: What to Know
How to Protect Yourself from Coronavirus While Running Errands
The Benefits of Wearing Masks
Education & Exercise opportunities for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home, so you can continue physically distancing and stay well

One of the follow-up questions to last week’s webinar is related to understanding what is fact and what is fiction in all the things we read and hear related to the Corona Virus. One of the most important things is to fact check information that seems unrealistic with a reliable source. Below are a few trusted resources that provide some valuable tips on differentiating between the two. There is also a podcast from CNN and Dr. Sanjay Gupta on this topic.

https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control
https://www.health.com/condition/infectious-diseases/coronavirus-myths
https://bestlifeonline.com/coronavirus-facts/
https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/2019-novel-coronavirus-myth-versus-fact

Cleaning & Disinfecting Tips

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cleaning-disinfection.html
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cleaning-disinfection.html#routine-cleaning

Get "Well Connected" to Support Your Well-being
Well Connected is a community made up of participants, staff, facilitators, presenters, and other volunteers who care about each other and who value being connected. All groups are accessible by phone from wherever you are at no cost to you.

Well Connected members call in via a toll-free number at a set time each week from the comfort of home. Most groups last 30 minutes to an hour with around 12 participants. Newcomers are always welcome! If you don’t feel like talking at first, you’re welcome to just listen as long as you’ve let the group know you’re there.

Register by phone or email:
Call: (877) 797-7299
Email: coviaconnections@covia.org

After you register, you will be provided with all of the information you need to access any of our over 70 groups each week. Whether you like art or zoology, music or meditation, there is a program for you. Each Well Connected session offers groups and classes on a wide range of topics. You’re sure to find one that interests you. And Well Connected meets 365 days a year, so there’s always a chance to connect. View Current Catalog.

Staying Connected During a Time of Social Distancing

To protect ourselves from potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus, we've all been told to socially distance ourselves. While we may not be able to be face-to-face with others, we can still connect! For those who are open to using technology, there are many virtual meeting platforms - FaceTime, Skype, Facebook video chat, Google Hangouts, etc. The Zoom platform seems to be the go-to choice for many of our affiliates as well as many businesses due to its simplicity, and it's free.

To help others better understand how to use the Zoom platform, here are a couple of short tutorials. Note: As of April 5, 2020, a password will be required to join a Zoom meeting. 

For those who do not wish to use technology, you can still connect with others through the good old telephone. Schedule a time to chat with a friend or family member each day. Writing it down on your calendar can be a visual reminder that you have something to look forward to, and with the days all running together, it could also be a helpful reminder.

Encourage individuals to call the Institute on Aging's Friendship Line - a hotline where they can make a friend over the phone and have someone to talk to if they are lonely. 800-971-0016 Or maybe you want to volunteer for the Friendship Line. Sign up today.
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What is the Proper Way to Wear and Clean a Cloth Mask?

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. They have provided this resource for instructions on how to properly wear and clean cloth masks: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html Additional CDC information on how to protect yourself and others: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

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What is the Proper Way to Wear a Surgical Mask?

For detailed instruction, please view the following link: https://www.sfcdcp.org/communicable-disease/healthy-habits/how-to-put-on-and-remove-a-face-mask/

Why is COVID-19 More Dangerous for Older Adults?

Older adults and people with underlying conditions like lung disease, diabetes and heart diseases are about twice as likely to develop serious outcomes if they contract the coronavirus (COVID-19), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Older adults are more susceptible to the coronavirus for two main reasons, according to Immunologist Vineet Menachery, University of Texas Medical Branch:

  • Older adults are more likely to have underlying conditions that hinder the body’s ability to cope and recover from an illness.
  • As we age, our immune response changes.

How Can I Tell the Difference Between Coronavirus and Flu?

Respiratory viruses have many symptoms that often overlap. Because of this, Dr. Messonnier notes there is no way to distinguish early symptoms of COVID-19 from the flu. What can help you distinguish between the symptoms is if there is an outbreak of coronavirus in your community or if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive. If you have questions about any respiratory symptoms, call your doctor.


Avoid coronavirus scams: What you need to know

The COVID-19 outbreak has prompted a number of online schemes. Find out about coronavirus scams and how to avoid them.

https://www.comparitech.com/blog/information-security/avoid-coronavirus-scams/

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