As many of our readers know, Amada Senior Care seeks to enrich the lives of our clients, their families, our staff, and the communities we serve. Our company launched with that mission in mind, and our mission continues in this time of global pandemic.
So, what does “enriching lives” look like while having to socially distance to help contain the spread of COVID-19? Amada franchise owners have come up with dozens of ways to continue supporting clients, caregivers and healthcare partners through this challenging time. Here are just a few examples of Amada offices taking action to meet the special needs that have arisen:
Amada Northern Colorado in Fort Collins started a “write a senior” campaign to help residents of senior living communities and members of the community deal with the emotional effects of social distancing. Pen pals of all ages are being matched with the idea that they will help each other “smile their way though.” Already, there are enough pen pals for each resident at one local community. The pen pals are from multiple states, with the furthest from New Hampshire.
Amada Boston MetroWest is delivering hand sanitizer, toilet paper and other supplies to shut-ins, while also collecting donations of masks for healthcare workers. They are holding FaceTime sessions and sending cards to seniors to help them feel connected.
Amada Orange County (CA) is providing “care packs” of gloves and masks to adult daughters and sons who have been furloughed and are now pitching in to take care of their mom, dad, grandmother, grandfather or other beloved senior at home.
Amada Pittsburgh is arranging pickup of groceries or pharmacy items at no cost to help seniors who live alone without nearby family.
Amada Mesa / Chandler / Phoenix is assisting case managers, CNAs, social workers and other healthcare professionals in continuing to earn required continuing education units by offering free online webinars. The office also produces “Amada Senior Care Advantage,” short online videos designed to educate community members.
Amada Greater Milwaukee also is offering free online webinars to healthcare professionals and is keeping them informed with “Weekly Care Minute.” The videos deliver information about resources for the senior community.
Amada South Shore Cape Cod in Plymouth is using Facebook to get out important information to the community, like where to get hand sanitizer, which restaurants offer takeout meals, and lists of local resources.
The COVID-19 situation continues to change, but what remains the same is Amada Senior Care’s commitment to our communities. Our company has always prided itself in being ahead of the curve with everything we do, and the protocols we’ve put in place to respond to the current global pandemic are no exception. Please know we’re here for you to provide answers and specific assistance. Feel free to call us a at 877-442-6232 or email us at info@AmadaSeniorCare.com.
Amada franchise owners entered the home care business because they are passionate about providing the highest quality of care and service to seniors. Below are a few quotes from our owners. Their words are an inspiring reminder of Amada’s commitment to enrich lives, because only by banding together as a community will we be able to help each other through this.
“While #alonetogether, I have had so many people touch my heart. People I do not know have shipped PPE to us, friends made me matzo ball soup and coffee cake on the go.”
Owner of Amada Boston MetroWest
“One of our caregivers handed a senior client a sack. She had gotten up very early to get toilet paper for her parents and store clerk said she could have two packages (four rolls each). Our caregiver insisted that the client accept the four rolls as a gift and would not take any money.”
Owner of Amada San Diego North
“Healthcare delivery must still go on. A huge shoutout to our colleagues who deliver healthcare and I’m especially proud of our caregivers. The one thing I know is that we are a strong community and we will overcome this.”
Owner of Amada Nashville and Amada Bucks and Montgomery Counties (PA)
“Find a way to be present without being physically present.”
Owner of Amada Mesa, Amada Chandler and Amada Phoenix
“Reconnecting all your referral sources, clients and caregivers is a way to manage through this as best as possible. We can’t improve the situation, but we can be a resource for them, and that would be fantastic.”
Owner of Amada Greater Milwaukee
“Our services need to go on because our seniors need our care. That won’t stop. We won’t stop. Please reach out to us and let us help you put your minds at ease.”
Owner of Amada Northwest Indiana
“What Does ‘Enriching Lives’ Look Like While ‘Social Distancing?’” was written by Michelle Flores, Amada Blog contributor.