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Jewish Family Home Care responds to Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown on Home Health Needs of the Elderly

Q&A by Teresa Duvall, CEO, Jewish Family Home Care

by South Florida Hospital News

A: PPE was priority. Thankfully, we began preparing early. Later on as the supply chain dwindled, it was a littler harder to come by but always made it a priority. Then, as the supply pipeline improved, we started looking for a centralized location to distribute PPE to our caregivers. That is when we received a donation of a centrally-located storefront, which is now used exclusively for PPE distribution.
A: I would say that dealing with social isolation was the most difficult issue for them. Loneliness and lack of interaction with families and friends can cause depression in people who may be very active. But when their social interaction and mobility is restricted, it is not uncommon for physical health issues to occur.
A: We continue to conduct wellness calls to see how they are doing. Our aides have become armchair multimedia specialists, helping their clients overcome these communications and socialization obstacles. We try to make sure they have access to a computer or tablet and an internet connection. Our aides encourage and assist them to speak with family and friends. For those that we believe are suffering with depression, we refer them to the appropriate specialist(s) that can assist.
A: With Covid-19 limiting the amount of activity and interaction everyone is experiencing, we are finding that our elderly clients are becoming weaker from not getting out and being able to use their muscles. Some of our clients are currently receiving physical therapy from our subsidiary agency, Nursing Plus of Broward. Others, are being encouraged and assisted by their caregiver to move about as much as possible. In addition, our caregivers are instructed to report any changes in their client’s condition.
A: In this challenging time, the wellness & safety of our clients and team is our top priority. Good communication with our clients and their families and healthcare providers continue to be a high priority. We believe we will get through this; the last five months have shown that. We will move forward by assuring you peace of mind by providing compassionate, reliable, and trusting care for your loved one.

At Jewish Family Home Care, we are fighting on the front lines to serve our community with all its needs. From handing out food donations to our homebound seniors, to making daily wellness calls to see how our clients and caregivers are doing, we are here for you at any time. You may also utilize our chat feature located at the bottom right of your screen. Our friendly staff is standing by to engage with you.

As we continue to search for supplies and hand out PPEs to our staff to keep our clients and caregivers safe, please explore the opportunity to make a very important donation. Whether it be monetary or for supplies, like much needed masks and gloves, supporting Jewish Family Home Care means supporting the senior community.

We at Jewish Family Home Care continue to tirelessly serve our beloved clients in Broward county.

Dear Community,

We are currently facing an unprecedented event with significant implications for all of us. COVID-19 or Coronavirus as it is better known, has upended our lives in ways we could not have thought were possible. We, at Jewish Family Home Care remain committed to face this challenge to the best of our abilities. We are focused on working together to slow the spread of COVID-19 and sharing information that can help you and your families during this challenging time. We are implementing multiple measures our government officials have recommended to ensure our clients and staff stay safe while we continue to offer home care essential services.

We are very appreciative for the trust our clients have placed in us. We are doing the best we can to keep them safe in the comfort of their homes. Our staff are taking every precaution possible to remain healthy. We are supplying our staff with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as there continues to be a national shortage for this safety equipment. We are providing nursing supervision and training to ensure they follow all preventive measures.

In addition, we have implemented daily calls to our clients to check on their wellbeing and to provide them with relevant information on how to keep safe during this pandemic.

Please rest assured we will do everything in our power to minimize any service disruption, protect our clients and staff, and will continue to work tirelessly to provide our clients with the highest level of quality care.

Sincerely,
Teresa D. Duvall
President & CEO

Dear Jewish Family Home Care Family & Friends,

As we continue to monitor the advancement of the COVID-19 pandemic, our number one priority remains to be the health of our clients and employees.

We are following all the government guidelines to ensure we do as much as we can to help prevent and/or mitigate the spread to our community. We are currently:

We are in constant communication with our clients & staff, as we ensure their safety in these unprecedented times.

We update our website and social media pages with relevant information, as it becomes available. For additional information, we encourage you to visit: