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The health of our community is ALWAYS at the forefront of how we operate at PRO. Under guidance from the Stay Home Stay Healthy directive we have  suspended the IN PERSON meetings of our 70+ strong network of support groups, exercise classes, and education.  We made this difficult decision in consultation with county and state public health officials, while following the most current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to limit exposure and prevent the spread of COVID-19. In the meantime, our staff and volunteers have launched a vibrant outreach and virtual collection of programs. Please find a way to engage with us!

As of March 17, 2020, our physical offices have closed and we have implemented a work from home plan for our valuable employees. During this time, we are shifting our focus to direct client outreach and providing a lifeline of support and resources for the medically at risk and isolated seniors in our client base. We are as available now as we have ever been, with phone support (800.426.6806) and email transferring to the most appropriate person to help. Special thanks to our community of support group facilitators, 100 strong (!) who are aiding in this process by remaining connected with group members in their immediate circle.

Other activities on our calendar are being evaluated on a rolling basis with new formats and opportunities being added. The 2020 gala, Celebrate Hope has been rescheduled to a virtual event November 6, 2020. (progala.org) Please check our calendar, Facebook, or contact us if you have specific questions regarding program status.

With information and guidelines for health and safety surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly changing, it is important that you are making decisions for you and your family based upon the most current and factual resources provided by the public health experts. Here are trusted resources:

•    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cdc.gov
•    Oregon Health Authority, Oregon.gov/oha
•    Washington State Department of Health, doh.wa.gov

Additional resources: 

Multnomah County Public Health: (503) 988-3406 or https://multco.us/novel-coronavirus-covid-19
Clackamas County Public Health: (503) 742-5300 or https://www.clackamas.us/about-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

Clark County Public Health: (564) 397-8182 or https://www.clark.wa.gov/public-health/novel-coronavirus
Washington County Public Health: (503) 846-3594 or https://www.co.washington.or.us/HHS/CommunicableDiseases/covid-19.cfm
Marion County Public Health: (503) 588-5342 or https://www.co.marion.or.us/HLT/Pages/COVID-19.aspx 

Deschutes County Health Services: (541) 388-6570 or https://www.deschutes.org/health/page/public-health

 

The Michael J. Fox Foundation hosted a webinar with information on the Coronavirus and Parkinson’s disease.  View Here

The short answer? Until our county and state public health officials lift restrictions on social gatherings, out of an abundance of caution we will suspend IN PERSON gatherings of all PRO support groups. At a minimum, we have determined that all groups will be suspended through the end of the 2020 calendar year. Even with the potential for an easing of restrictions in some counties for some activities, guidelines STILL indicate that seniors and high risk individuals must continue to practice extreme caution and isolate as much as possibleWe know that you are missing your peers and those connections and we cannot wait to get back to normal operations. In the meantime, every step must be taken to protect health the of clients, volunteers, and our staff

In the meantime, PRO has launched staff-facilitated and regionally focused Telephone-based Support groups, and many groups have adopted to the Zoom platform for monthly connection and support. Your local facilitator or PRO can best connect you during this time.

The schedule and registration information for these call in groups is now posted on our event calendar. If you would like to participate in any program you see, please email AskPRO@parkinsonsresources.org or call 800.426.6806. We can then get you the appropriate telephone number or website address.

Some of us were early to follow advice to limit in-person interactions and others are just beginning to feel the impact of extreme social distancing. For all of us, this is likely to continue much longer than we would like. Please let us know if you would like to have a chat with a staff member or peer volunteer. We are ready to respond and help you address some of the anxiety caused by this time of uncertainty. If you are struggling or need some thoughts on how to successfully weather these next few weeks, we’ve started a list of suggestions!

Our community partners at Legacy Health have shared the following information for anyone who is feeling sick or is concerned they may have COVID-19:

Mild symptoms: The CDC and state health authorities recommend that you stay home until you feel well. If your symptoms worsen, and you have questions about your medical care, contact your primary care provider and ask if a virtual visit can be scheduled. 

Severe symptoms: If you develop more severe symptoms, like shortness of breath, high fever, or changes in consciousness, we recommend you go to your nearest emergency room (please call ahead if possible) or call 911.

Guidance for higher risk individuals  
The CDC has identified that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. This includes older people and people with serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.

If you or your loved one are in one of these groups, in addition to the general disease prevention tips listed above, here are some additional precautions to take.

  • Avoid crowded places where you may be in contact with sick people, such as malls, movie theaters, large gatherings, cruises, etc. Avoid hospitals or nursing homes unless you are there to receive medical care.
    •   Have a plan for what to do if you or your caregiver gets sick. Stay in touch with others by phone or email. You may need to ask for help from friends, family, neighbors, community health workers, etc., if you become sick.
    •   Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you think you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.

To help reduce the spread of Coronavirus we are all being asked to stay home and limit contact as much as possible. If you are healthy, this applies to you as well, as your actions are part of the protection plan for others who are at greater risk. But, what to do about groceries and your prescriptions? 

Prescriptions. Many plans are allowing refills that extend beyond the normal 30 day supply – and if you haven’t already looked into mail order options, now might be a great time!

  • CVS prescription delivery 
  • Walgreens prescription delivery
  • Walmart prescriptions delivery
  • Many local police and fire departments are now offering pharmacy pick up and delivery for home bound and at risk residents
  • Always worth checking with your current local pharmacy. They may be offering delivery service on a temporary basis.
Groceries & Food.  Obtaining the groceries and supplies you need to maintain a healthy diet is critical, and, complicated. If you are one of our senior clients, you might be torn between following directives to stay home and your need to restock the pantry. Fortunately, many grocery shopping and delivery services exist and we are hearing that some stores are even reserving select hours for seniors to help you take care!

Services may be location specific, and you will need to make sure you understand any relevant fees, but you might start with one of these options for delivery:

Instacart – https://www.instacart.com/  

  • delivers groceries to your home from multiple stores: Costco, Petco, Natural Grocers, Safeway, Albertsons, Fred Meyer   

Fred Meyer Pickup or Delivery – www.fredmeyer.com 

  • Pickup: order online, drive to Fred Meyer and park in designated parking spots; groceries are brought out to your car and loaded by their staff.    

Safeway Grocery delivery  www.safeway.com 

  • order online and delivered to your home    

TriMet LIFT – 503-962-8000

  • LIFT customers can call to arrange for grocery pick up and delivery

 Imperfect Foods – https://www.imperfectfoods.com/ 

  • Ships to your house 

The generosity and creativity of both local and regional Parkinson’s exercise specialists has truly been an inspiration.  We will continue adding to this list, and encourage you to check back frequently when you want to change things up!  

  • TAKE A WALK. There simply is no replacement for the outdoors, the fresh air, the movement and it is free!
  • Destination Rehab is offering FREE web based programs as well.  https://www.destinationrehab.org/movement
  • The Brian Grant Foundation has FREE access to a wide variety of PD specific exercise classes https://briangrant.org/exercise-videos/
  • Dance for PD has online streaming at https://danceforparkinsons.org/resources/dance-at-home
  • The Academy of Modern Martial Arts has assembled a collection of Tai Chi sessions
  • Parkinson’s Resources is posting links and updates as other generous providers notify of about FREE  or significantly reduced cost options. We can also connect you to private instructors, OT and PT who can work with your privately via virtual connection.

Of course, if you are already working with a group or individual instructor – first contact them to find out if they are continuing their services in an online format!

Please consult your healthcare provider before engaging in any new exercise regimes. Here are some tips to make a safe exercise space at home: 

  • Choose a space where you’ll have enough room to move around and maintain balance. 
  • If using a chair or other furniture for assistance, make sure it’s sturdy and that it won’t slide out from under you. 
  • If exercising alone, make sure you have access to a phone in case of an injury or fall. 
  • Listen to yourself. Don’t push yourself too hard and take breaks if you need them. 
  1. Follow all recommendations for staying home and practicing good hygiene.
  2. Ask for help for yourself if needed.  
  3. Reach out to your friends and family frequently. 
  4. Reach out to anyone you know who might be managing this situation alone or with limited resources
  5. Support the helpers.  Just as the staff and volunteers at Parkinson’s Resources are diligently flexing, shifting and remaining nimble to respond to COVID-19, so are other organizations and responders working to do their best. Your support, whether words of encouragement or monetary, will have a powerful impact, now more than ever.  If you are moved to donate to Parkinson’s Resources during this time, please click the donate button at the top of the screen.  Thank you.

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It is probably safe to say that none of us planned for this unprecedented global pandemic perfectly. Understand that you are not alone AND that there is a community available to share frustrations, offer coping tips and keep moving forward together.

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