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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.

Sonja Garnett-Williams,

Executive Director, NFHCS

See updates below listed by date:

3-23-20

https://palms-awss3-repository.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/Communications/ODP/2020/ODPANN+20-019+UPDATE-+COVID-19+Operational+Recommendations+for+Providers+of+Intellectual+Disability+and+Autism+Services.pdf

 

3-22-20

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:

 1. Fever

2. Cough

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:

FEVER

COUGH

SHORTNESS OF BREATH

THEY SHOULD CONTACT THEIR PCP, for additional guidance. 

3)   IF A STAFF MEMBER PRESENTS WITH:

FEVER

COUGH

 SHORTNESS OF BREATH/DIFFICULTY BREATHING

PAIN/PRESSURE IN THE CHEST

NEW ONSET CONFUSION/DIFFICULTY AWAKENING

BLUE LIPS

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

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/Documents/Diseases%20and%20Conditions/Coronavirus.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/Documents/Diseases%20and%20Conditions/Coronavirus%20Healthcare%20Facilities%20Patients.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf

https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-secretary-levine-provide-updated-guidance-stress-need-for-compliance-as-cases-rise/

 

CDC- Center for Disease Control and Prevention

www.cdc.gov

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

https://www.mobilemarketer.com/news/nike-offers-workout-app-for-free-as-covid-19-keeps-people-indoors/574721/

Virtual museum tours (this is an article​)

https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

 

Pittsburgh zoo penguin cam:

https://www.pittsburghzoo.org/penguin-webcam/

Online Yoga

https://pittsburgh.verylocal.com/pittsburgh-yoga-from-home/96751/

Here are 30 virtual field trips that might be fun to explore:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vTbUBsKt4U5tR-eXC8b2bogrvjrVlEBl8OJIesNPw6b7BRScYRuyXIaSAVIcl_q52BI4SqrK4_HVQCw/pub?fbclid=IwAR3LGjn_Q0Xe7R2Ua1P0NNK0L1DLzmsTwFqhYULjx1-1_s7WDiZNuOWv8pg

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?

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

Informational Links

EPA list of disinfectants against SARS-COV-2

https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2

 

CDC COVID-19 page

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

ODP COVID-19 Updates

https://www.myodp.org/mod/page/view.php?id=26808

 

PAcast materials/posters

https://pacast.com/m?p=17885

 

PA Health DeptCoronavirus page

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

 

DHS COVID-19 page

https://www.dhs.pa.gov/providers/Providers/Pages/Coronavirus-2020.aspx

 

For Employees affected by COVID-19

https://www.uc.pa.gov/Pages/covid19.aspx

Gov. Wolf Offers COVID-19 Community Preparedness and
Procedures Materials - 

 

Links from ODP - 

  1. 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

  2. https://palms-awss3-repository.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/MyODP_Content/Course+Content/Coronavirus+(COVID-19)/Knowledge+Is+Power+BAS+notification+for+COVID+webpage+3-18-20.pdf

  3. https://palms-awss3-repository.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/Communications/ODP/2020/Announcement+-+COVID19+-+023+Suspension+of+ODP+Functions+-+03-17-2020.pdf

  4. https://palms-awss3-repository.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/MyODP_Content/Course+Content/Coronavirus+(COVID-19)/Announcement+-+COVID19-+024+Provider+Information+Tool+-+03-17-2020.pdf

  5. https://palms-awss3-repository.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/MyODP_Content/Course+Content/Coronavirus+(COVID-19)/Announcement+-+COVID19+-+022+CPS+Closure+-+03-16-2020.pdf

  6. https://palms-awss3-repository.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/MyODP_Content/Course+Content/Coronavirus+(COVID-19)/Gov.+Wolf+Offers+COVID-19+Community+Preparedness+and+Procedures+Materials.pdf

  7. https://palms-awss3-repository.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/Communications/ODP/2020/ODPANN+20-019+-+COVID-19+Guidance+for+Developmental+Programs+Providers+-+03-12-2020.pdf

  8. https://palms-awss3-repository.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/Communications/ODP/2020/Coronavirus+(COVID-19)+Information+and+Resources.pdf