May 20th, 2020
Dear Personal Care Clients and Families:
We hope that this letter finds you safe and well. Many of you are experiencing some sort of COVID-fatigue and we understand this. Our updates will continue for now and we hope that we are nearing a time when they will become less frequent.
Many of the communities that we work in are working on gradual plans to re-open. They are doing so with an abundance of caution. We will continue to recommend that our caregivers that cannot maintain six-feet of distance from their clients wear masks. At this time, no Personal Care Employees have tested positive for COVID-19. We continue to be grateful for this, and will make rapid result testing available for any employee who wishes to have it done. As technology around antibody testing improves, we will be researching options for this as well. Personal Care employees are continuing to practice precautions around infection control and physical distancing.
We have established an Employee Appreciation Fund that will be used to help pay our caregivers for their heroic commitment to clients, families, communities, and each other. If you wish to contribute to this fund you can do so by either adding an extra amount to your payment or sending a separate check. Please let us know by a written notation or an email of your wishes. ALL OF THESE FUNDS will go directly to our employees working in the field. Funds collected will be distributed to all caregivers who have continued to work throughout the pandemic. We have currently collected $5500 towards our goal of $20,000. Personal Care will be contributing to the Employee Appreciation Fund as well, and collecting money until the beginning of June.
We continue to count our blessings and be grateful for the outpouring of support we have received that has allowed us to continue the work that we do. Countless hours have been spent sourcing masks, gloves, cleaning products, hand sanitizer, etc. Private duty homecare providers are not infectious disease experts and COVID-19 forced us to refresh and learn quickly. Our staff have adapted to the almost daily policy and protocol changes that this pandemic forced upon us.
Thank you to our clients, client family members and friends for allowing us to continue to provide care in these unprecedented times. Your trust in Personal Care is greatly appreciated.
Chief Operating Officer