The COVID situation has affected every level of our lives and work. It has been an overwhelming experience. In addition to our concerns about health and safety, there have been major shifts in our daily routines.
We have had one COVID death, caregiver Bud Holden of Danvers, who will be greatly missed by his wife Debra and daughter Kiely.
Non-COVID deaths have also occurred. The family of Pamela Gomez is mourning her death at home in Lawrence. The families of Grace Kihiko in Lowell and Peter Moceri in Gloucester also mourn the passing of their loved ones.
At least nine of our families have been medically affected by the virus, and at least one client hospitalized. He is back home now.
One caregiver has been unable to leave the Dominican Republic for months. Her ex-husband moved in and is taking care of their daughter.
Another client found herself stuck in a hospital and therefore possibly exposed to COVID. She quarantined at an AFCNS home in Lynn for two weeks before returning to her regular home in Peabody.
Technology adaptation has been a challenge. Some people have learned how to scan a document. We are all learning about meetings via computer or telephone.
Thanks to nursing staff foresight, we have maintained a supply of masks, gloves and hand sanitizers. Packets are available to all staff and we have given supplies to many of our families.
We have been working with the Massachusetts Council for Adult Foster Care and with MassHealth. We are all trying to keep up with guidelines as they change. Our Bonnie Griffith, as Secretary of MA Council for AFC, has been an important part of the conversations at the state level.