Monday Update

I hope you all had a great Monday, and you had a chance to watch Sara & Dave’s video. If you haven’t, the link is here. In addition to getting to know both of them more personally, you’ll find their insight into the virus very on-point. From day one, they’ve stayed on top of the growing body of knowledge of COVID-19.

I’m also glad to kick off a new communication program called Real Talk. Real Care. Much of our communications thus far has been from me to you, and of course, we’ll continue that. But, I want you to hear from each other, and that’s what Real Talk. Real Care. is about.

Our first video is Real Talk. Real Care. – Bryce Priscock, RN. Bryce is from our Brookhaven Sta-Home office, and she’s a new member of our COVID Response Team (CRT). Please take the time to hear Bryce’s testimony, her call to purpose, and plan to make a difference in the community. The link is here.

We all heard late last week and over the weekend, the new CDC guidance that everyone should wear a cloth face mask when in a community setting. It’s important to say that the guidance specifically is not suggesting the public wear PPE masks in public. A cloth face mask is not intended to protect the wearer, but it may prevent the spread of the virus from the wearer to others. This would be especially important if someone is infected but does not have symptoms. View CDC’s guidance on how to protect yourself. It’s also worth saying that wearing a mask isn’t a replacement for staying at least 6 feet away from other people… We must continue to social distance at all times.

My ask of you is that you begin following the CDC’s guidance and wear a cloth face covering. Prior to COVID-19, I’m sure a face-covering wasn’t one of the most prolific items in your wardrobe. And, we certainly don’t want to take away from the clinical PPE supplies in our communities. That would be the wrong solution and could place a caregiver going into a COVID environment in danger.

Fortunately, there are several DIY Mask instructions on the internet. Here is one that has been shared often among people here at AccentCare. The link is here. Not everyone has the skill or craftiness to make a mask, whereas some of you, I’m told, can crank out a hundred in an afternoon. If you happen to be in the latter category and would like to contribute to your AccentCare colleagues or our patients, would you send an email to EPP@accentcare.com, and we will work with you to help someone else in our AccentCare community. I’m sure we can find a home for as many as you can make.

Have a great evening. We’ll talk often this week

Steve