Facts over fear. We hear this all the time. But what happens when the facts ARE scary? We are living in uncertain times, full of projections and models. With schools, church services, public events and celebrations canceled it’s hard to feel normal. We are redefining normal every day. We are resilient, intelligent and strong. If you look daily you can find your churches, businesses and friends finding ingenious work arounds to social distancing and working from home.
Working on the front lines of healthcare is no different. We are safeguarding the health of society’s most vulnerable population. This is nothing new for us. This is what we’ve done for years. We have trained for this for years. We have always had infection control protocols in place. These protocols keep colds, pneumonia and influenza from spreading in our Shady Lawn community. So how do we do this? The answer is commitment. We have a commitment to limiting visitation when someone is sick. We have a commitment to wearing personal protective equipment (gowns, mask and gloves etc.), when someone is sick. Currently, we keep daily temperature logs and we perform respiratory screenings for all community members and staff members to ensure no one has a fever, cough or sore throat etc. We are committed to making sure that, should someone become ill, they rebound from that illness and we block it from spreading to others. In essence, we practice social distancing, wear appropriate disposable equipment for patient care and administer expert nursing care.
By order of the Governor, we have had to prohibit visitors and vendors from entering our building. While this may seem extreme, it is what we need to do to keep everyone safe. We, like many others, have had to find a work around to make life as normal as possible. Instead of visitors, we are reaching out to individual family members to arrange calls. We are posting videos and photos on our Facebook page: Shady Lawn Nursing and Rehabilitation. It is a fun way for our members to connect with individuals in the Dalton community. Moreover, it is a way for family members to connect. Our Facebook page will give you a glimpse into the creativity of our staff. It also offers insight into the strength and resilience of our community members. Until things revert back to our old normal, let’s work together to forge a new normal. Leave messages on our Facebook page. Write letters or cards to our community and we will post them for all to read: Shady Lawn Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, 15028 Old Lincoln Way, Dalton, OH 44618.
For our part, if you know of any child or older adult struggling with food shortage, we would like to deliver boxed lunches. All you need to do is call Jake Holibough at 330-888-8178. We will create a schedule and safely drop off food.
As Mrs. King said, “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”
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