July 8, 2020

July 3, 2020 – Update for Direct Care Staff

Please review the Living with Purpose Pandemic Protocol and Quarantine Isolation links below. Covid-19 continues to be an ever present danger. We ask that you continue to practice social distancing, proper hygiene, and use of appropriate PPE. Limit outings to open space and interaction with people outside the home.

Emergency Preparedness – Pandemic Protocol

Emergency Preparedness – Quarantine-Isolation

April 10, 2020Update for Direct Care Staff

We want to start by saying thank you for all hard work. Your efforts don’t go unnoticed and you are appreciated more than we could ever say. We are thankful that we have all been able to continue to work, while so many have lost their jobs.

We appreciate your faithfulness to Living with Purpose. We know this is a difficult situation and can sometimes be worrying to even come to work. So, starting next week, every direct care staff will be given an extra $2 per hour worked. This Covid-19 Bonus will be in leu of the performance bonus plan and will be paid weekly with your other hours worked opposed to monthly. That said, please, continue to do your job to the highest quality. Clocking in, filling out the MAR, and writing logs notes should never be forgotten.

This will be in effect the entire month of April. We will evaluate on a monthly basis as necessary as the problem continues to change.

Stay safe, wear a mask, cover your cough, try not to go out in public for now, AND WASH YOUR HANDS.

March 23, 2020 – UPDATE

As many of you know, St. Louis City and County as well as St. Charles County have initiated a “Stay at Home” ordinance. This means that only essential personnel can travel.  All staff are being issued official Living with Purpose Employee ID Badges as well as letters from the state clarifying our staffs’ need to travel.  These will be at the ISL you work in when you report to your next shift. These are only for travel to and from work, not for personal use. 

Even with these badges, staff should only be transferring clients to and from doctor appointments and grocery/supply shopping.  Please, please, please, make sure clients are getting out in their neighborhoods though.  A simple walk with some fresh air will help the feeling of being shut in with nothing to do.

Once again, thank you for your constant hard work and vigilance!  We will get through this one day at a time.  Please look over the list below and continue to operate with the highest of standards.  Continue to be the best!

Some notes from Travis Phillips, our Chief Medical Officer:

  • Wash your hands!!!
  • Prescreen before each shift.
    • Fill out questionnaire & follow directions accordingly
  • Keep the individual served in their Home
    • Any Outings should be at a Park or other Open Space Area
  • No Visitors
  • Clean and Sanitize the House
    • Wash all Linens & Clothing
    • Clean Forgotten areas such as Remote Controls, Doorknobs, Phones & Car Keys.
  • Keep Your Distance from Others
  • Cover your Cough & Sneeze
  • Wear Gloves
  • Continue to use the 7 Rights of Med Administration!

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March 20, 2020

To all Living with Purpose staff,

First off, we want to say thank you for all you have done and continue to do.  Everyone has risen to the occasion and we are incredibly proud of all our staff and individuals during this unprecedented and sometimes alarming time.  As you know, our services cannot stop, and our individuals need our care.  Please continue to show up as you have been.  We have the best staff and we know you will continue to perform to the highest level despite everything going on!

As of right now, there are no known staff or individuals with COVID-19.  Though, due to the strict testing parameters none have been tested at this time as far as we know. If you feel sick or have a temperature, do not come to work.  Please alert your Program Manager and Scheduling Manager as soon as you feel symptoms arise or know that you have been in contact with someone that has tested positive.  All that said, we have had numerous accounts of staff and client interactions with people that may show signs and symptoms.  We will alert you as soon as any positive tests are reported to us.

LOCKDOWN

All ISLs are on lockdown.  This means there should be no unnecessary community outings.  No visitors other than guardians.  All staff and guardians must complete a screening upon entering the home. Staff may only report to one ISL for the time being.  If you serve in multiple ISLs, we will be contacting you to determine a schedule that works for you within only one home.

Staff need to live a quarantined lifestyle.  Only necessary outings outside of work.  The CDC recommends this to contain the virus.  Staff need to shower and change clothes before and after each shift. Many of our clients are at higher risk and we must be even more cautious when we aren’t working. Wash your hands. 

What constitutes a necessary community outing?  Grocery/household supply shopping and already scheduled doctor’s appointments.  We need to try and limit grocery shopping to once a week.  Taking walks in the individual’s neighborhood and local parks are encouraged.  These should be routine and planned. Our clients can’t sit in their home all day every day.  Avoid crowds when outside the home.

IN THE DAYS AHEAD

If this contagion worsens and our communities initiate total lockdown, our jobs must continue.  We will be an exception to the rule.  We are a healthcare agency and our clients must have their staff.  If this occurs, schedules will most likely be altered.  Shifts will lengthen to reduce the number of shift exchanges and potential to spread the virus. 

We are asking all staff what they are available to work. Though working more than 16 hours is outside of our normal operational procedures, for now the state of MO is allowing special previsions to work beyond these time parameters.  For those willing to work extended or even live-in hours, please contact Ryan, the Scheduling Coordinator.

We will not make changes until changes are necessary.  You will receive texts and updates through this site.  So, if you hear rumor elsewhere or are told anything contrary to what you are told through these sources, refer back to this webpage and ask your Program Manager for clarification.

Again, thank you. Stay safe.  Wash your hands.  But, most of all, pray for our world and those that are sick. 

Click here for:
The Latest Coronavirus Information from the CDC
Updates from the Missouri Department of Mental Health
The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America
Video about Coronavirus symptoms.
How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Influenza: Free Online Training & Resources

God Bless and Live with Purpose,

Dale Harrah
CEO and President

Jonathan Harrah
COO and Vice President