25 May A Note From Allison: Feeling Normal
Happy Memorial Day!
As the weather warms up and our community’s health continues to improve, the light at the end of the pandemic is closer than ever. The individuals we serve residentially have had ZERO cases of COVID-19 at New Hope of Indiana since January 28, and with the support of our dedicated associates and the families of those we serve, we expect to see this trend continue. Despite the recent changes to mask recommendations, #TeamNewHope continues to wear masks, maintain social distancing as much as possible and minimize risk to those we serve by staying home when sick. These tactics have been helping to prevent the spread of COVID and other illness at New Hope and we want to do our best to keep it that way.
We are finally feeling a bit more normal and even had our first in-person event at our Payne Road Day Services with some friends from the 500 Festival. Day Services participants welcomed several 500 Festival Princesses and took rides in a pace car thanks to New Hope supporter Val Strohl. It was a great way to start the summer and everyone had a great time! We are also hearing about other fun community outings where our vaccinated individuals are enjoying time away from home. While safety is still our top priority, we are so grateful to be able to get out and enjoy our community once again.
We are, as always, focused on providing the very best care possible to the individuals we serve. This month, every associate at New Hope of Indiana went through refresher training courses on key topics to ensure that they are up to date on the best practices for medication administration, safe transportation and how to prevent, identify and report abuse and neglect. As we prepare for a CARF survey this fall or winter, additional training will be offered to all of our associates, ensuring that New Hope remains a leader in providing comprehensive, high quality services to individuals with disabilities.
This level of care and compassion for others is what makes New Hope stand apart from other providers. It supports our culture of inclusivity and creates a sense of belonging for our associates, the individuals we serve and their families. In fact, I can’t wait to announce some big news in June thanks in part to that very culture. I hope you’ll follow us on social media to watch for our announcement on June 6, 2021.
I hope that wherever you are this Memorial Day weekend that you’re able to enjoy your own feeling of normal as we welcome the summer months ahead. Please continue to be safe and to do your part to keep our community healthy so we can enjoy even more of these moments of normalcy in the months to come.