To all our valued individuals and their families,
I pray that you remain safe and healthy during this turbulent and mysterious time.
Not Forgotten Home and Community Services is a life-sustaining agency. Not only do we provide Residential services (24 hours per day, 7 days per week), but we feel that our Habilitation Services are additionally indispensable. Keeping loved ones at home is sometimes contingent on having those necessary respites and support services in place. If you are comfortable with our staff continuing to provide services, we will continue to be available to you as support. We are using universal precautions to insure the health and safety of all. Our staff is being notified frequently of updates on all precautions. We are confident that they can provide needed support and care at this time.
Executive Director, NFHCS
Governor Wolf - State of PA
From the White House - 15 DAYS
See updates below listed by date:
GUIDELINES FOR HANDLING ILLNESS WITH STAFF
PA HEALTH DEPARTMENT -1877-PA-HEALTH ( 1-877-724-3258)
*THESE GUIDELINES OUTLINE STEPS TO FOLLOW SHOULD A STAFF MEMBER PRESENT OR CALL OFF WITH AN ILLNESS THAT COULD BE ASSOCIATED WITH COVID-19. THESE GUIDELINES MAY CHANGE BASED ON NEW INFORMATION AND GOVERNMENT MANDATES.
SYMPTOMS OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS MAY PRESENT THEMSELVES WITHIN 2 TO 14 DAYS FROM EXPOSURE.
1) IF A STAFF MEMBER PRESENT WITH THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS:
3. Shortness of Breath.
Answer: THEY ARE TO CONTACT THEIR PHYSICIAN FOR INSTRUCTIONS AND CLEARANCE TO RETURN TO WORK. Team Leads are to notify ADM regarding this staff call-off (Including Angie King)
2) IF A STAFF MEMBER DEVELOPS:
SHORTNESS OF BREATH
THEY SHOULD CONTACT THEIR PCP, for additional guidance.
3) IF A STAFF MEMBER PRESENTS WITH:
SHORTNESS OF BREATH/DIFFICULTY BREATHING
PAIN/PRESSURE IN THE CHEST
NEW ONSET CONFUSION/DIFFICULTY AWAKENING
THEY SHOULD SEEK MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IMMEDIATELY from there PCP.
Staff are encouraged to reach out to their PCP. For any medical advice. Should staff members “Call off” due to illness listed above. They can only return to work, after being medically cleared by a Health Care Professional.
Team Leads needs to notify ADM of call-offs associated with symptoms listed above.
Additional Information for Staff
CDC- Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Presidents Trump; 15 days to slow the spread: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf
This is a rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information and guidance as it becomes available.
Frequently Asked Questions - NFHCS Employees - Coronavirus/COVID-19
1. Are all NFHCS activity locations closed?
Yes, we are currently closed at each activity location until further notice. We hope for these closures to be temporary but the health and safety of individuals is our number one priority. That is why we are closed at this time.
Hab Services and Residential Housing care will continue as usual with commonsense guidelines. Although most of our staff are now using Therap, we ask that additional paperwork be placed in our mail box or our main door when it is due.
PLEASE DO NOT enter unless you are administrative staff.
2. I am an employee and I may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. What do I do?
Please see above information from The PA Department of Health.
3. What are some activities that I can do with my individual that will not put us at risk?
Get creative in the home! Here are some ideas:
Spring clean around the house - Its that time of year anyway! Get an early start on Spring cleaning around the house.
Reorganize book shelves - Book shelves can get disorganized easily. Reorganize books and look through them for fun!
Make Art - from collages to weavings and everything in between. Go to pinterest.com for creative ideas.
Play Games - Good old fashioned board games are still fun!
Get Creative with Cooking - Make a meal using a new recipe or create your own.
YouTube Yoga - Practice yoga from your living room. Pull up YouTube on your smart TV. and search for Beginner Yoga clips. Another great way to boost the immune system!
Here are a few more links of things to do at home:
Nike offers workout app for free during Covid-19
Virtual museum tours (this is an article)
Pittsburgh zoo penguin cam:
Here are 30 virtual field trips that might be fun to explore:
4. What can I do in the community that will not be a high risk activity?
Exercise is proven to be good for the immune system. Get outdoors and hike, bike, or walk. Practice social distancing. Always wash hands and use hand sanitizer frequently. If you see lots of people, try maintain a distance of at least 6 ft. away.
5. I like to be social, how can I still see friends?
Facetime, zoom, and other modern apps can bring friends together. If you have access to any of these, you can still virtually mingle with friends.
6. How can I manage anxiety and stress at this time?
EPA list of disinfectants against SARS-COV-2
CDC COVID-19 page
ODP COVID-19 Updates
PA Health DeptCoronavirus page
DHS COVID-19 page
For Employees affected by COVID-19
Gov. Wolf Offers COVID-19 Community Preparedness and
Procedures Materials -
Links from ODP -
Webinar for staff - please watch: https://palms-awss3-repository.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/MyODP_Content/Course+Content/Coronavirus+(COVID-19)/COVID-19+ODP+Update_+Overview+of+Emergency+Amendments+to+ODP+Waivers.mp4