As we mentioned on the cover of our newsletter, our offices have been deemed an essential business and will remain open at this time. With that said, we are taking various measures to ensure our office remains safe and sanitary, and we ask that everyone abide by a few guidelines if they have an upcoming appointment. If you have an appointment scheduled but you are sick, then please notify us by phone, and we will be happy to reschedule your appointment. Watch out for the symptoms of acute respiratory illness, which include a fever (100.4 degrees or higher, as indicated by an oral thermometer), cough, and shortness of breath. Please wait until at least 24 hours after your symptoms disappear before coming in for an appointment. Please do not arrive early for your appointment. We want to minimize the number of people in our facilities at one time. We also ask that you bring no more than one visitor with you to your appointment. If you must bring more than one visitor,then please let us know beforehand so we can accommodate you. When you’re here, please wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean them with sanitizer that is 60%–95% alcohol. We provide both of these at our facilities. Please also cough or sneeze into a tissue. If you don’t have a tissue, then please cough into your upper sleeve. Dispose of all tissues into one of our no-touch waste containers. We ask that you avoid touching your face after touching contaminated objects or touching objects after contaminating your hands. It’s a lot to remember, but if we can all abide by these rules, then we’ll ensure an environment that is safe and healthy for everyone. We are keeping up to date on the latest info and directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and will let you know if our current situation changes. Until then, please call our Help Us Keep Our Workspace Safe and Healthy! OUR COMMITMENT TO PATIENT CARE AND SAFETY
MAINTAINING HEALTH WHILE HOMEBOUND
Stay Connected With These Helpful Resources
Due to the growing concerns about COVID-19, getting the resources you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle is more challenging. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) request for social distancing makes it harder to get food and maintain social norms. So, to help maintain your well-being in these uncertain times, here are a few resources that will make getting food and keeping tabs on your family a breeze. Food Delivery Because COVID-19 is easily transmitted, getting food at a grocery store is riskier. If you don’t prefer mobile apps like Postmates or Instacart, local food kitchens, municipalities, and senior centers may offer food delivery. Using a delivery service limits the number of people you interact with to the delivery person. For an added measure of safety, put a note on delivery instructions requesting they leave the bags at the door. If you have trusted family or friends nearby, reach out to them. They can pick up what you need when they’re already getting groceries, which is especially convenient if you don’t want to deal with mobile apps. Regardless of your method, you should become familiar with getting food delivered because you don’t know how long the situation will last. Social Media Utilizing social media is a great way to keep in contact with your loved ones. Facebook is very popular with older people — 1 out of 3 older adults already uses the platform because it’s easy to use. Facebook and other social media platforms can help you stay connected with friends, family, and groups of people with similar interests to avoid feeling so isolated at home. You can also continue to share photos and videos so you don’t miss a day in your loved ones’ lives. Video chat apps like Skype, Zoom, and Apple FaceTime enable you to have those essential face-to-face conversations when you can’t be with other people. If you’re unfamiliar with the applications, they are easy to download for free on your phone or computer, and they allow you to see and verbally chat if you have a webcam and microphone. (If you use a phone or laptop, this equipment is already built-in.) A video chat app also lets you be a part of important life moments like birthdays and anniversaries if a shelter-in- place order prevents you from celebrating in person.
regular office number at 208-377-4024 if you need anything. If it is after regular business hours, then you will be transferred to our after hour call
service. They notify us of any messages and we will be sure to return your call
promptly. If for any reason you cannot get through to us or your call has not been returned, call 208-985-5190.
Ensure you’re up to date on the best ways to keep you and your family safe during these uncertain times by visiting CDC.gov for more information.
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