The Adams House Supportive Housing Program provides onsite supports to 26 residents – 24-long term and two transitional. When Cota’s EPAC implemented the emergency preparedness plan, Adams House shifted into pandemic-mode.
If asked to describe this team, the first word that comes to mind is resilience. This team has overcome so many challenges in the past few months. Yet, the team continues to be unfailingly dedicated and passionate about their work.
It was a strenuous first few weeks as the team added new measures to ensure the safety of the residents and Cota staff. With added precautions such as limiting the number of people in the common area, 7-day a week cleaning support, educating the residents constantly about the importance of hand hygiene and staying home, and reorganizing the staff office space to maintain physical distance, the team has seen a number of impacts with the residents.
This is in large part due to the team’s good rapport that they’ve fostered with the residents, which has led to creating an environment of trust and calmness. “The residents understand that we are working really hard to keep them safe and that gives them a sense of comfort and hope.”
This tireless work over the first few months has resulted in zero positive cases to date and it’s something the team celebrates daily. “You have to keep your spirits up.”
Staff also appreciate the support they receive from the organization and their manager. “Cota’s EPAC communicates relevant information weekly and our Senior Director, Sylvia, checks in too. If we need to call Martha, she is always there for us.”
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