DLEA Responds to COVID

To Mask or Not To Mask, Once We Are Vaccinated, March 24, 2021

While most of us are feeling quite relieved to be vaccinated, and a little less worried about being out and about in the world, the guidance on how to continue to be safe is a bit of a moving target. Although the CDC has offered some guidance here, we at Debra Levy Eldercare still believe we should continue to behave with an abundance of caution.

  • We will continue to remain masked during visits, while transporting clients, and especially when accompanying a client to medical appointments.

  • We will continue to remain masked when out in public.

  • We will continue to limit our socialization with family and friends who have not yet been vaccinated.

  • We have continued to assist our clients in being vaccinated and are working on getting appointments for vaccines at home for our homebound clients.

  • We are following the rules at the various skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities when we are able to visit clients there, which typically includes being double-masked.

We are very encouraged at the statistics that show the number of cases in long term care (LTC) facilities dropping dramatically, with the increase in vaccinations by both residents and staff. Back in December the rate of infection in these facilities nation-wide was about 34,000 cases/week and that has now dropped to 824 cases/week in March! Likewise, in December there were 7,000 deaths/week in long term care facilities and that number has now dropped to only 825 deaths/week. Another reason to celebrate—hugs are possible again! If you have a relative in a skilled nursing facility, the new regulations released by CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) actually allow for touch between vaccinated visitors and vaccinated residents, although everyone should still remain masked. To review the regulations, you can read them here.

In an effort to keep up with this ever-changing situation, we have listed below the links to find the latest information from the District of Columbia, Montgomery County & Prince George’s County and the State of Maryland on vaccination schedules, and FAQ regarding the vaccine:

https://covidlink.maryland.gov/content/vaccine/

https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/vaccine/

https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3730/COVID-19-Vaccination

https://vaccinateqa.dc.gov/

For more information about mRNA research and the COVID-19 vaccine:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/why-are-mrna-vaccines-so-exciting-2020121021599

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To Mask or Not To Mask, Once We Are Vaccinated, March 29, 2021

While most of us are feeling quite relieved to be vaccinated, and a little less worried about being out and about in the world, the guidance on how to continue to be safe is a bit of a moving target. Although the CDC has offered some guidance here, we at Debra Levy Eldercare still believe […]

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Vaccine Update, February 24, 2021

We are thrilled to announce that 100% of our care managers are fully vaccinated! Our Debbie’s Angels who are medically able to be vaccinated have all received at least their first vaccine and should be fully vaccinated by mid-March. We continue to provide a lot of education to our clients, their families and caregivers regarding […]

Vaccine Update, January 11, 2021

In an effort to keep up with this ever-changing situation, we have listed below the links to find the latest information from the District of Columbia, Montgomery County & Prince George’s County and the State of Maryland on vaccination schedules, and FAQ regarding the vaccine: https://covidlink.maryland.gov/content/vaccine/ https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/vaccine/ https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/3730/COVID-19-Vaccination https://vaccinateqa.dc.gov/ For more information about mRNA research […]

COVID update, December 23, 2020

Dear Valued Clients, Families and Professional Partners: I am writing today to share our updated infectious illness protocol at Debra Levy Eldercare Associates in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. While we are very excited about the arrival of the first vaccines being delivered to frontline healthcare workers, we are also mindful that the number […]

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“Should we bring Dad home?”, November 16, 2020

In the context of COVID, many families are wondering if an older relative would be better off moving out of their assisted living, memory care, or skilled nursing facility. It’s not an easy question to answer. The advantages of facility living. Facilities have staff on site 24/7 to assist with residents’ needs. They can provide […]

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When you can’t hold a funeral, October 19, 2020

Between travel concerns and restrictions on group gatherings, holding a traditional funeral can be challenging. Many families are turning to “virtual funerals” using video conferencing programs, such as Zoom. About 20% of funeral homes offer virtual services. And there are online companies that specialize in funerals. They assist with everything from sending out invitations and […]

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The importance of staying connected, July 13, 2020

Staying connected is extremely important. Isolation and loneliness are not just sad situations. They have been shown to increase the likelihood of dementia, depression, and heart disease in older adults. Even early death. As a family caregiver, you may be struggling to find ways to have meaningful interactions. Especially if the person you care for […]

Cold, Flu, or COVID-19?, June 22, 2020

If you sneeze or have a runny nose, should you worry? As it turns out, no. Most likely you’ve got a cold. No fever? Definitely not coronavirus or the flu. Use this chart to help distinguish between these three viruses. If you think you or someone you care for has the coronavirus, check with your […]

Keep Calm and Stay in Balance, June 22, 2020

 This is a time of great uncertainty. It’s natural to feel a wide range of emotions, including fear, anxiety, confusion, or loneliness. It is also a time to take extra care to address your feelings and keep them from paralyzing or overwhelming you.  Get the facts. Our emotional responses come from the part of our […]

Letter to our clients regarding COVID-19, March 31, 2020

Dear Valued Clients, Families and Professional Partners: I am writing today to share the updated infectious illness protocol at Debra Levy Eldercare Associates in response to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As with any and all illnesses that could potentially affect the vulnerable population we work with and encounter as Aging Life Care Managers, thoughtful […]

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Caring for a loved one with COVID-19?, March 6, 2020

What we know so far is that COVID-19 is spread much like the regular flu—through coughs and sneezes that put droplets in the air and on surfaces. It may be 2–14 days after exposure before a person has symptoms. That means people can spread the virus without knowing it. And many have symptoms that seem […]