Yes, the Susi Q is still closed and it looks like it will remain closed at least until the first of the year. Starting in August, however, there are in-person, one-on-one appointments available on a limited basis. In these cases, we will strictly observe all public health guidelines. Just as importantly, our channels of communication are wide open. In fact, we are busier than ever helping our community weather this public health crisis. Here's what we recommend:
If you have symptoms or think you may have been exposed to the coronavirus, your essential first step is to call your health care provider to be evaluated. Do not go to the emergency room unless you are having an emergency or are directed to do so.
To stay well and reduce your risk of getting the coronavirus, adopt public health "best practices." This is critically important if you also have any chronic health conditions. So: Shelter at home, maintain social distancing, wear a mask when you are around other people, and wash your hands before you leave home and when you return. (If you have visitors, ask them to do the same.)
Social isolation has serious side effects. So use your phone and internet to stay connected with friends and loved ones -- and with us. Facebook, Next Door, Twitter, Skype, and other social media are great platforms. But be wary of scams, conspiracies, and bogus medical advice. Use this time to get closer to people you know and trust. And check out our growing number of Zoom programs.
Stay in touch with us. You are the mission of Laguna Beach Seniors. Never hesitate to contact us. The best place to start is with Care Manager Martha Hernandez (firstname.lastname@example.org, 949.715.8104 ). Martha is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and can connect you to all the resources of a caring community. If you are feeling anxious or depressed, she can assess your needs and refer you to one of our skilled, compassionate mental health staff supervised by Kay Wenger, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.
Another great resource is Lifelong Laguna, which is managed by John Fay (email@example.com, 949.715.8107). Its mission—to help you age safely at home in the hometown you love— has never been more timely. Lifelong Laguna volunteers are taking the same precautions we all are. But they are ready to run errands and lend a friendly ear.
Our local partners are also working closely with Martha and John.
Again: stay in touch! Email or call with any questions or concerns. (For a complete staff directory click here.) If you are not already receiving our "Living It Up" e-newsletter, sign up in the footer. In addition to regularly updating our website, FaceBook page, and Instagram, Program Director Jo Ann Ekblad (firstname.lastname@example.org, 949.715.8103) will be publishing special editions of "Living It Up."
Because everything we do is driven by your needs and concerns, we welcome your thoughts during these challenging times!
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