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.
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.
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.
Updated on 4/20/2020
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.
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
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.