Monday, March 16, 2020

Dealing with Stress and Anxiety during COVID-19

Hope is implementing multiple safeguards and protocols recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and the Florida Department of Health. Please be assured we are doing everything possible to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Absorb COVID-19 News at a Reasonable Pace
While it’s important to stay informed by keeping up with reliable news sources, constant exposure to scary headlines can be counterproductive. If you find yourself spending hours online looking up COVID-19 news, consider if this is causing you unnecessary anxiety or panic.

Monitor Advisories from Reliable News Sources
Don’t believe everything you might read on social media. Misleading information can be scary – and also dangerous. The Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and the Florida Department of Health are good websites to check for the latest information.

Focus on Actionable Tasks
Channel your energy into productive outlets – be vigilant about handwashing, practice social distancing, and be ready to stay at home for an extended time if you are sick or quarantined. Consider checking in with friends and family by phone, email, or video chat to maintain social bonds, even when you can’t meet in person.

Accept Uncertainty
None of us can predict the future. Even in the best times, accidents, illnesses, and unexpected events may disrupt the pattern of our lives. Rather than focusing on worst-case scenarios, get plenty of rest, exercise if possible, and connect with loved ones. Remember that each day is a gift.

Hope’s Infection Control Policies and Procedures
Hope always maintains the strictest standards of hygiene and cleanliness – at our Hope Care Centers and also for everyone we care for in their own homes. All Hope locations are now following the latest guidelines for allowing visitors. Staff providing care outside of our facilities are also carefully monitoring for any potential exposures to COVID-19.

Furthermore, 100% of Hope’s staff and volunteers must pass annual examinations regarding the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), infectious diseases, and legal requirements. Staff who provide direct care complete additional requirements and attend skills fairs to demonstrate their knowledge of proper techniques.

We’re Here to Help
If you are a patient, participant, loved one, or family member in Hope's care, please ask a staff member if you have questions about our infection control practices or if you need additional help for coping with stress and anxiety.

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