DLEA Responds to COVID

Summer’s End and It’s Time to Mask Again???, August 30, 2021

Our staff is very grateful that we have been able to be vaccinated and resume more of a “normal” life this spring and summer, including taking family vacations, many of them postponed from the summer of 2020, when travel was severely restricted. Even while the world around us has opened up more, we have continued to be very careful both during our workday and in our personal lives. We continue to wear masks when visiting clients, even when both parties are vaccinated, out of an abundance of caution that we might inadvertently transmit COVID-19 or a variant of the original virus. All of our staff performs a daily wellness check and self-quarantines and/or gets tested for Covid-19 anytime we or a family member showed any symptoms of a respiratory illness. We are carefully tracking the information coming out of the CDC that indicates that the Delta variant may be transmissible by people who have been vaccinated. We also note that the District of Columbia and nearly every county in Maryland has re-instituted mask requirements in all public places.

As we did this spring, we will continue to be very careful and follow the following guidelines:

  • Remain masked during visits, while transporting clients, and especially when accompanying a client to medical appointments.
  • Remain masked when out in public.
  • Limit our socialization with family and friends who have not yet been vaccinated.
  • Assist our clients in being vaccinated and help make appointments for our homebound clients. If a booster vaccine is recommended, we will assist all of our clients in receiving this as well.
  • We are following the rules at the various skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities when we visit clients there.

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

Summer’s End and It’s Time to Mask Again???, September 13, 2021

Our staff is very grateful that we have been able to be vaccinated and resume more of a “normal” life this spring and summer, including taking family vacations, many of them postponed from the summer of 2020, when travel was severely restricted. Even while the world around us has opened up more, we have continued […]

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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 […]