COVID-19 Response

Revised guidelines for providing IHCS & CPS service 3-21-2020

 

  • An Elf coach will check in daily with each team member and their family via phone, text, or video chat to ensure mental & physical health & wellness

 

  • Each coach will have sanitizer, soap, and disinfectant cleaners at all times to clean their vehicles in between each team member and to be able to wash their hands with them

 

  • Each coach & team member will hand wash upon entering and leaving a home or any place they go.

 

  • We will keep notes regarding health & wellness and times of check ins, we will complete a weekly joys & struggle with each team member.

 

  • Please inform John at 814-232-1730, if anyone in your family or if you have come in contact with anyone who is suspected of having COVID 19, the flu, a cold, or has a fever, difficulty breathing, blush lips or face, and constant pain in the chest or pressure. If you think you are sick you must call your Dr before going to a med express, hospital, unless life threating then calls 911

 

  • If you or your household continues to not follow the Government guidelines, or you are sick we will begin non-contact support to meet your needs.

 

  • We will maintain services as our team members need during this time period. Services will be conducted in their/your homes and your neighborhoods.  At times coaches may take team members for a ride, out to the woods for a hike.  Outdoor walking and fitness will be encouraged. To maintain social distance, we will ask you to ride in the backseat whenever possible.

 

  • We will work one on one or if we meet up with someone groups of 4 or less for a walk outside, while maintaining social distance of at least an arm’s length from each other. No handholding, hugging, or touching.

 

  • We will not be taking anyone shopping or into any stores.  If you need shopping done John will go shopping on Tues & Thurs. 
  • You will need to text or give john your shopping list by 6pm Monday or Wednesday and have money for John to go shopping.  We will bring you the items on your list, change and a receipt in a plastic baggie. 
  • Emergency needs will be addressed as needed.
  • We do have access to food, cleaners, food banks, and other supplies if needed and your budget is short, please call john at 814-232-1730 to talk over any issues and together we can find an answer.

Empowering Lives Foundation Revised Activities 3-22-2020

 

Things to do inside:

Cooking, baking            Cleaning

Watch a movie                Take a class online

Write a letter or send a card        Art

Music learn to play something        Listen to new music

Yoga                    Organize & clean closets, drawers, etc…

Reading together             Book group online

Journaling your thoughts        Write a sing or rap or poem

Making list                Budgeting learn and develop a budget

Write s short story            Create a video about you

Create a video showing people things you love

Learn more about your phone, tablet    Create my goggle map

Sign up for smart 911            Complete the 2020 Census online

Virtual museum tours, concerts, classes online

Create a one-page profile        Create a life course plan for yourself

Things to do outside:

Gardening                Go for a walk 

Hike in the woods            Use goggle maps for rides or walks

Yoga                    Watching trains

Fishing                    Yard work

Grilling                    make a movie or video

Bird watching journal the bird you see or take a picture

 

Best Practices

 

  • Washing hands with team members at least 3 times when with them

 

  • Cleaning cars in between team members

 

  • Using Neosporin around nose & mouth

 

  • Showering after work and changing cloths

 

  • Removing shoes when possible before entering a house

 

  • Sanitizing hands often

 

  • We will continue to supply hand sanitizer, soap, cleaners, disinfectants as needed

 

  • Limiting time in stores, no team members in any stores

 

  • Limiting contact with people outside our group.

 

  • If sick stay home

 

  • If uncomfortable working in a house or out, please talk to John

 

  • Drink extra water & vitamins

 

  • Share your passions and talents with those we support. Bring your music, movies, art, to share

 

  • We have a large supply of Art, games, yard equipment, tech if needed to share with someone

 

  • Use online resources as much as possible

 

  • When using a drive thru coaches please handle all transfer of money or product sanitizer before and after & spray money you get or card in return.  If a touch screen such as an ATM sanitizer or disinfect before and after use.

 

  • Share each visit/practice sessions reminders about hand washing, how covid is shared, and that if we are smart and take precautions, we will be ok, and that this will last for a while, we are planning till May for now.

 

  • Each practice do the 10 sec breathing test, and ask the 5 daily check in questions

 

    • What brought you joy today?
    • What are you struggling with today?
    • How was your sleep last night?
    • How much water have you drank today?
    • What was your last to meals?
      • And snacks?

Activities during limited contact time

Updated 3-22-2020

Places to Avoid:

  • Sheetz (touchscreens, 17th street & UPMC) * use the app to order if needed
  • Doctors appt unless sick, ER med express unless sick
  • Gyms, Hope Ctr, YMCA, Planet Fitness, Libraries, Church
  • All stores no shopping * all shopping to be done by John ELF

Shopping done Tues & Thurs list to john by Mon & Weds 6pm

John will shop & deliver with receipt and change

We also have access to food, cleaning supplies, ask for what you need.

  • Parks group gatherings
  • Groups outside of ours (no more than 4 people)
  • Restaurants
  •  Maintaining Social distance of 6 ft no hugging or touching yourself or others
  • Buses, mass transit

 

Places to go to:

  • Outside in your neighborhood
    • Hiking, Frisbee, corn hole, walking your neighborhoods, Nature Works, fishing, Tennis outside, using goggle maps, woods, bike riding, 
  • Train watching, cloud busting,
  • Car rides 
  • Indoor games, cooking, budget workshop, art group, life course planning, PC planning, virtual museum tours, STEM activities, mindfulness, yoga, and relationship, making videos, one page profile, social media, music, share your talents & passions with our team members.
  • Outdoor household chores: gardening, painting, yard work, car cleaning
  • Inside home ideas: cleaning & organizing (each person should thoroughly clean and disinfect their homes if living on their home at least 3 times per week, Spring cleaning cloths, drawers, kitchens, cooking, letter writing, 
  • Garden projects reading beds & seeds.

 

If you need games, yard work equipment, art supplies, music instruments, or tech to learn or work with we have them. Our main focus will be mental health with daily check-ins and weekly Joys & struggles.

We will continue to support our team members as needed, if they or their family are sick or exposed we will initiate non-contact service, ( we will bring them what they need or help them find resources as needed, and John will transport to medical appt if needed with PPE in place.

Enhanced Illness Policy 3-17-2020

Re: Coronavirus

The facts:

  • COVID was identified in December 2019 in Wuhan China
  • It is more contagious than the flu or common cold
  • It is NOT transmitted in the air
    • You can not catch it by breathing it in and a mask will not protect you
  • It is transmitted by touch
    • By touching another person, a door handle, touch screen, counter or surface
  • Symptoms are flu like fever, cough, shortness of breath
  • The only way to know if you have it is a test at a Doctors (do not go to your Dr or ER or med express you must call first to get a test)
  • Things you can do to stay healthy and reduce risk:
  • Hand washing often when you come in or out even hourly
    • Using warm water with soap, for 20 seconds 
    • Wet hands and wrist area
    • Cover wet area with foamy soap
    • Rub hands in soap while you sing the “Happy Birthday song
      • Happy Birthday to your happy birthday to you happy birthday dear John Happy birthday to you and many more.
    • Sing it again while you rinse the soap off with warm water
    • Or just wash twice to ensure enough time to remove germs
    • Dry hands with clean towel, air dry, or disposable towel
  • Use a sanitizer product often and when out in public
  • Avoid touching your face especially mouth and nose area
  • Place some sanitizer under your nose, and wash your face at least 2 times daily
  • Avoid crowds and people who are sick (do not be in a group of more than 12)
  • Use Social Distance, meaning stay at least an arm’s length away from other people and do not touch others.
  • Limit or avoid touching surfaces touched by others: door handles, touch screens, counters
  • Those most at risk are older people over 70 and those that have trouble breathing

Where to go for current reliable info:

  •     www.cdc.gov
    • who.int/emergency
    • dhs.pa.gov
    • health.pa.gov

Empowering Lives Foundation

Revised Illness Policy Re: Covid-19

New Standards to be followed by our coaches:

    • After each team member being supported is done for the day, they will sanitizer their car with disinfectant spray and wipes.

 

    • Each coach will have sanitizer on hand for use by the coach & team member

 

    • Our coaches will encourage hand washing when out and lead by example washing hands everytime we enter or leave a building.

 

    • We will be avoiding use of touch screens in public & cleaning our phones with Sanitizer wipes.

 

    • Reducing use of touchscreen ordering and when using touch screen ordering hand washing & sanitizer after use, the same when using or handling money.

 

    • Practicing and using social distance with others, remaining an arm’s length away, and avoiding touching others, even a handshake.

 

    • Being in groups of 8-12 in an outdoor open space or indoor space with extra room.

 

    • Spending less time in common area with multiply people, spending more time outside for fitness, using sanitizer for shopping carts, and avoiding high traffic places.

 

    • Recommend a 30-day supply of all your meds, 2 cases of water and 3-14 day’s worth of food and supplies on hand in case of a shelter in place order.

“Everyday preventive actions to help avert the spread of a respiratory diseases like the Coronavirus are key. While it sounds quite simple; washing your hands with soap & water, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and staying home when you are sick are fundamental to avoiding and stopping the spread of illness. If you feel sick always seek medical advice.” Dr Charles DeShazer chief medical officer Highmark.

 

_________________________________________ Team Member

 

_________________________________________  ELF Coach

 

According to our Illness policy please notify your coach for any illness; so that we can provide your services and meet your needs in the safest way for you, us, and all our families. If you have further questions or concerns, please reach out to John Seely at 814-232-1730.

Activities during limited contact time

Places to Avoid:

  • Sheetz (touchscreens, 17th street & UPMC)
  • Doctors appt unless sick, ER med express unless sick
  • Gyms
  • Hope Center
  • American Rescue Workers
  • Libraries
  • Groups outside of ours
  • Shopping unless food, or meds, any retail stores, limit shopping to once a week or less.
  • The Mall, plazas, 
  • Buses, mass transit

 

Places to go to:

  • Outside Parks
    • Hiking, Frisbee Golf (HASD, Valley View, Highland Park, Canoe Creek), Legion Park, Nature Works, fishing, Tennis outside, Golf, Mini Golf Meadows, and out RC parks, foot of ten trails, rails to trails, Tyrone Reservoir.

 

  • Train watching

 

  • Indoor groups with ELF at Journey churchor Boro coffee while closed: games, cooking, budget workshop, art group, life course planning, PC planning, virtual museum tours, STEM activities, mindfulness, yoga, and relationship.

 

  • Places to volunteer help Mending Hearts, ACT, Wright place for kids

 

  • Inside home ideas: cleaning & organizing (each person should thoroughly clean and disinfect their homes if living on their home at least 3 times per week, Spring cleaning cloths, drawers, kitchens, cooking.
  • Garden projects reading beds & seeds.

Dylan is working on hiking groups and scavenger hunts, Emily is working on theatre and singing ideas for journey church, Josh is working on art projects, and Branden is working on mindfulness & relationship lessons.

We will continue to support our team members as needed, if they or their family are sick or exposed we will initiate non-contact service, ( we will bring them what they need or help them find resources as needed, and John will transport to medical appt if needed with PPE in place.