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Sunday, May 10

Shirley has been a caregiver with Asona since December 2018. She has worked with the same client since beginning with our company. She is extremely dependable, a hard worker, and is always willing to pick up shifts when needed. She is a team player that flexes her schedule according to her client’s needs. She loves to read walk her dogs and spend time outside in the sun. She has three grown children. Thank you, Shirley, you are a VIP!

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Spread the love… Not the germs.

Asona Home Manager, Christine, told us about this program which she found on Facebook. Some participate because they want those that have been deemed "essential workers" to see some support on their way out of their homes. Others decorate their windows so families taking walks have a nice reminder that we are all in this together.

Christine went to the dollar store and purchased a few supplies for the project. Christine and her client were able to pass some of the quarantine time by making decorations for the windows of his home. The idea is you can then go for a drive or walk and see how many other houses you can find with decorations in their windows. This is a fun project for caregivers and clients.

Some Good News (SGN)!

During the quarantine, as John Krasinski would say, here is Some Good News (SGN)! Tina Schafer works as the Food Service Director for Shepherd Public Schools. When we heard about her efforts to keep meals available for the students in her school district, we reached out to her to learn more. Here is the reply from Tina, in her own words! When they said we were done with school for several weeks on March 13th my first thought was what about my kids? I had several kids crying that day at lunch because they didn't know where they were going to get breakfast and lunch while we were off. I quickly emailed the state for guidance. The state came back with a quick webinar on what our options were going to be to feed our kids. I worked that whole weekend ordering food and letting my staff know that I needed their help. Also, I had help from a few teachers and my financial director at the school, who has been helping every day. We order food from our regular vendors. We do everything from cutting veggies, salad prep, and prepping meals. We do curbside pick-up at the high school and also have two delivery trucks that deliver to households that are unable to pick up. Our drivers are a bus driver who volunteered his time, a high school student in one truck, and two teachers that volunteered also. Any child who is 18 and under, or 26 for special needs children, qualify.

To date, this selfless team of individuals has served 30,098 meals for the children in the Shepherd school district!

Meals will be available until June 9th, which would have been our last day of school. We are unable to provide summer meals under current guidelines. But Mt. Pleasant and Alma do summer meals and our students can go there.

Thank you!

Taken from

CDC-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Running Essential Errands

Grocery Shopping, Take-Out, Banking, Getting Gas, and Doctor Visits. As communities across the United States take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 by limiting close contact, people are facing new challenges and questions about how to meet basic household needs, such as buying groceries and medicine and completing banking activities. The following information provides advice about how to meet these household needs in a safe and healthy manner. Find additional information for people who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19

Shopping for food and other household essentials

Stay home if sick.

Order online or use a curbside pickup.

  • Order food and other items online for home delivery or curbside pickup (if possible).

  • Only visit the grocery store, or other stores selling household essentials, in person when you absolutely need to. This will limit your potential exposure to others and the virus that causes COVID-19.

Protect yourself while shopping.

  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others while shopping and in lines. Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when you have to go out in public.

  • When you do have to visit in person, go during hours when fewer people will be there (for example, early morning or late night).

  • If you are at higher risk for severe illness, find out if the store has special hours for people at higher risk. If they do, try to shop during those hours. People at higher risk for severe illness include adults 65 or older and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions.

  • Disinfect the shopping cart, use disinfecting wipes if available.

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.

  • If possible, use touchless payment (pay without touching money, a card, or a keypad). If you must handle money, a card, or use a keypad, use hand sanitizer right after paying.

Use hand sanitizer when you leave the store. Wash your hands when you get home.

After leaving the store, use hand sanitizer. When you get home, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. At home, follow food safety guidelines: clean, separate, cook, chill external icon. There is no evidence that food or food packaging has been linked to getting sick from COVID-19.

Accepting deliveries and takeout orders

Limit in-person contact if possible.

  • Pay online or on the phone when you order (if possible).

  • Accept deliveries without in-person contact whenever possible. Ask for deliveries to be left in a safe spot outside your house (such as your front porch or lobby), with no person-to-person interaction. Otherwise, stay at least 6 feet away from the delivery person.

Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after accepting deliveries or collecting mail.

  • After receiving your delivery or bringing home your takeout food, wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

  • After collecting mail from a post office or home mailbox, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.


Bank online whenever possible.

  • If you must visit the bank, use the drive-through ATM if one is available. Clean the ATM keyboard with a disinfecting wipe before you use it.

  • When you are done, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home.

Getting Gasoline

Use gloves or disinfecting wipes on handles or buttons before you touch them.

  • Use gloves or disinfecting wipes on handles and buttons before you touch them (if available).

  • After fueling, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds when you get home or somewhere with soap and water.

Going to the doctor or getting medicine

Talk to your doctor online, by phone, or e-mail.

  • Use telemedicine, if available, or communicate with your doctor or nurse by phone or e-mail.

  • Talk to your doctor about rescheduling procedures that are not urgently needed.

If you must visit in-person, protect yourself and others.

  • If you think you have COVID-19, let the office know and follow the guidance. Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when you have to go out in public.

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.

  • Use disinfecting wipes on frequently touched surfaces such as handles, knobs, touchpads (if available).

  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others while inside and in lines.

  • When paying, use touchless payment methods if possible. If you cannot use touchless payment, sanitize your hands after paying with a card, cash, or check.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home.

Limit in-person visits to the pharmacy.

  • Plan to order and pick up all your prescriptions at the same time.

  • If possible, call prescription orders in ahead of time. Use drive-thru windows, curbside services (wait in your car until the prescription is ready), mail-order, or other delivery services. Do the same for pet medicine.

  • Check with your doctor and pharmacist to see if you can get a larger supply of your medicines so you do not have to visit the pharmacy as often.

If you or a member of your household has signs of COVID-19, call your doctor first, instead of going to the office or the emergency department. Call 911 if you believe it is an emergency.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring a Home Care in Mt. Pleasant, MI, please talk to the caring staff at Asona Home Health, LLC, today. Serving individuals and their families in Canadian Lakes, Mount Pleasant, Clare, and the surrounding areas. Call us 24/7 today at: (989) 546-4269!

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