As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, there are many things employees can do to keep those in our care and our team members safe and well. Below you will find tips and resources to prevent and minimize the spread of the virus, maintain good health and stay as active and connected as possible while maintaining proper social distancing.
- Educate the individuals in your care on the importance of handwashing and other prevention measures
- Create a schedule and routine to provide structure, which can be comforting
- Find ways to support the individuals in your care in pursuing the activities and hobbies they love from home
- Contact your supervisor to brainstorm creative ways to support the individual in your care
Talking About COVID-19
It can be hard to explain to the people we serve why their routines have been disrupted. This social story can help individuals with disabilities understand what is going on in the world around them and how they can stay well.
During a public health crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic, simple behaviors like eating a balanced diet, exercising, and getting good sleep are crucial for maintaining your physical and mental well-being. But social distancing complicates things. How are you supposed to eat right when you’re living on non-perishables? How can you work out when the gym is closed? How can you sleep when you’re anxious about, well, everything? The MENTOR Network’s wellness guide can help.
Additional Health Resources:
- CDC Guidance: Keeping Kids Healthy While School’s Out
- Symptoms of COVID-19
- Updates from the CDC
- Wash Your Lyrics – generate handwashing posters based on your favorite songs
- Workout Videos to Stay Active