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Dear HealthCare 365 Family,

We hope you are all doing well and want to remind you that you can call our main office line to reach Rhonda and the medical team if you need us or have any questions.

If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms please call 911 immediately.
COVID-19 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Please check out the COVID-19 section on our website for answers to frequently asked questions that our community has been asking. These will be updated as new information becomes available about the virus and as we receive new questions from you!
A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM DR. KOHUT

I hope those who celebrated holidays recently enjoyed them and have been virtually connecting with friends and family!

I wanted to share some thoughts on spending more time at home with our families than we are used to.

Do not assume that everyone is in the same place psychologically. Check in with family members. Have family meetings:

  • Speak openly with family members about how everyone is managing.
  • Create a daily or weekly game plan
  • Establish roles including who does what and when, for example who gets the mail, groceries, does cleaning, sets the table, who supervises the children, does homework with them etc. 

By having everyone play by the same rules, this helps to stabilize your environment and can provide emotional security. 

Check-in on each others' behaviours 

  • Does everyone do the same thing with respect to hand washing, cleaning/sanitizing surfaces, receiving, packages, etc.? 
  • Having a plan provides security both physically and emotionally, and establishes control in a time of uncertainty. 

Listen to each other!

  • We often say we “know” what another family member wants. That may be the case in usual times. These are not usual times. 
  • Learn to be precise about what you want and need. Check the assumptions you make about others feelings - they may or may not be accurate. 
  • When speaking to your family members, stop doing other things. Stop multitasking. Put down your phone, stop watching TV and focus. Truly listen.
  • Kindness and humour go a long way to diffuse stress and tension.
More from the Internet

The New York times published an interesting and reassuring article about how the virus sticks to various  surfaces: Is the Virus on My Clothes? My Shoes? My Hair? My Newspaper?

Here are two animal videos I also recently enjoyed:
Pluto Breaks the Internet - Update - The entire series is very clever and funny
Amid stay-at-home orders, wildlife have free rein in cities
 
Thank you all for all your feedback and support during this time and please stay in touch with us!

- V
SHARED FROM OUR COMMUNITY
Have you come across any articles, recipes, or ideas you think we should share with the rest of the HealthCare 365 community? Send them over so we can include them in next week's Help Me Rhonda!
SELECTED RESOURCES

COPING WITH STRESS AND ANXIETY
The COVID-19 pandemic can cause stress and anxiety because it is disrupting normal life for many people all at once. While it is important to be informed and to take action to limit the spread of infection, the amount of information and attention on this topic can increase stress and anxiety. CAMH has put together these strategies to help you cope.
READ NOW

SOCIAL DISTANCING DETAILS
The OMA has released a general guidance on social distancing and social isolation.
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DISINFECTING YOUR HOME
The CDC provides instruction on everyday cleaning steps and extra steps when someone is sick.
READ NOW

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
If you have any questions please call our office and speak to our staff.

Wishing you health, safety and enjoyable family time!

The HealthCare 365 Team
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