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Letter to Staff from Danielle Grabol – April 6

Dear Personal Care Employees:

We are writing to update you on a few things. If someone from the office has not contacted you already regarding masks, gloves, cleaning products, and hand sanitizer needs, we will. We are in the process of delivering supplies to clients homes that are in need.

Wearing your mask is mandatory, even while working with a client in their home. This is a precautionary measure that we are taking under guidance from the CDC.

If you do not feel well please call us immediately! We understand that this is allergy season for many of us, and it can be hard to determine if we are suffering from allergies or sick.

Many of your clients have memory loss which can make quarantine especially difficult. It is hard to help these people self-isolate and they might wonder why you are wearing a mask. “There is a contagious virus and we are wearing masks to protect each other” might be a simple answer to a complicated situation.

If you have traveled outside the state of Georgia recently, or plan to travel please contact us. If anyone has left an area of high COVID-19 spread to come to your home they need to self-isolate for 14-days when they arrive. This is an important safety measure for you.

Anxiety is understandably high right now. A good way to manage fear is to become educated about what we are fearful of. The more we know about the real dangers of COVID-19 with accurate information the better you will feel. Focus on what you have control over: your ability to wash your hands, limit your exposure in public, clean and sanitize your home, wear your mask. Limit your time watching TV if the coverage is distressing.

Awareness is not the same as being fearful. It is important as a healthcare provider that you are aware of COVID-19 and the risk factors. Constant fear that is not reality based can create stress. Try to take time every day to shift your focus to something positive. Spend time doing something that helps to calm you. Create a support system with people in your life that help you feel balanced and grounded. If someone creates more anxiety for you then you might want to create healthier topics to discuss.

We are all in this together. As we continue to navigate this ever-changing situation we want you to know that you are not alone. Dealing with an unprecedented health crisis, coupled with children out of school can become overwhelming. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns.

Stay safe!

Danielle Grabol
Chief Operations Officer