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June 2020

L.A. Catering Resumes Events, With COVID-19 Precautions

By | Featured News, LA Catering

L.A. Catering — whose proceeds directly benefit LifeCare Alliance’s programs and services — has made its return to catered events with a detailed health and safety plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

L.A. Catering’s protocols have been guided by advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States Department of Agriculture, and state and local health departments.  The Ohio Department of Agriculture inspects L.A Catering’s kitchens daily.

Here are the precautions L.A. Catering is taking:

Staff

  • Daily symptom assessments for all associates.
  • Requiring all staff to adhere to sick leave policies, staying home when they do not feel well.
  • Requiring staff to be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to work.
  • Face masks or coverings must be worn by staff in 100% compliance with all Ohio Department of Health guidelines.
  • Maintaining strict handwashing guidelines.

Drop-Off Orders

  • Delivery staff must complete ServeSafe Delivery: COVID-19 Precaution training.
  • All equipment will be cleaned and disinfected after every use.
  • Contact-free delivery is available.
  • Hand sanitizing products will be available in all delivery vehicles.

L.A. Catering Events Center

  • All tables will have a minimum of six feet between them.
  • A list of COVID-19 symptoms will be displayed at the building’s entrance; guests who are symptomatic will be asked not to enter.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be provided in high-contact areas.
  • All high-touch areas will be cleaned a minimum of every two hours.
  • Gatherings will be limited to a maximum of 300 guests.

Off-Site Events

  • All tables will have a minimum of six feet between them.
  • L.A Catering will comply with the venue’s COVID-19 protocols and procedures.
  • All equipment will be cleaned and disinfected after every use.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be provided in high-contact areas.
  • Gatherings will be limited to a maximum of 300 guests.

For more information about COVID-19 in Columbus visit the Columbus Public Health Coronavirus Portal.

Learn More

To learn more about L.A. Catering and begin planning your event, visit www.la-catering.com.

Why Get a Mammogram?

By | Columbus Cancer Clinic

Why schedule your annual mammogram?

Mammograms are one of the best ways to detect breast cancer- detecting abnormalities/cancer at its earliest possible point.

Many breast cancers are found by mammograms before any symptoms even appear. Early detection is important for improved outcomes and successful treatments.

Because breast tissue changes with age, annual mammograms are highly recommended for men/women of 45 years of age and older. Depending on pre-existing health conditions and family history, women/men may need to start the annual screening process earlier – for that information, please consult a doctor.

Reduce your risk for cancer by getting regular checkups!

To schedule an appointment with our certified nurse practitioner, call the Columbus Cancer Clinic at 614-263-5006.

To learn more about the Columbus Cancer Clinic: https://www.lifecarealliance.org/programs/cancer-clinic/

 

 

 

 

 

Information from https://cancer.osu.edu/for-patients-and-caregivers/learn-about-cancers-and-treatments/cancers-conditions-and-treatment/cancer-types/breast-cancer/mammogram?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIz4zWkJze6AIVWPfjBx2PuwYjEAAYAiAAEgJy2PD_BwE

Alternate Entrance to the Columbus Cancer Clinic

New Safety Procedures at LifeCare Alliance Wellness Centers, Columbus Cancer Clinic

By | Columbus Cancer Clinic, Featured News, Wellness

ABOVE: An alternate entrance for the Columbus Cancer Clinic helps patients avoid unnecessary potential exposure at LifeCare Alliance’s West Mound Street building.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, LifeCare Alliance’s Columbus Cancer Clinic and Wellness Department are taking every precaution to ensure that clients receive care in the safest way possible for patients and staff.

Here’s what patients should expect:

Columbus Cancer Clinic

When Columbus Cancer Clinic patients arrive, they’re greeted with a temperature check, verbal health screenings, and Plexiglas between them and the clinic’s front desk. Other precautions the CCC is taking include:

  • Spacing out clinic appointments from every 15 minutes to every 30 minutes.
  • Providing hand sanitizer stations, encouraging social distancing and frequent hand washing.
  • Requiring all patients and staff to wear face masks or face coverings.
  • Limiting visitors to one guest per patient

CCC Home Care Support has also put wig, bra, and prosthetic fittings on hold.

Patients who are experiencing signs of COVID-19 exposure such as coughing, fever, sore throat, and breathing difficulties have been asked to reschedule their appointments and report their symptoms to their primary healthcare provider. Patients experiencing these symptoms who don’t have a primary healthcare provider are asked to call the Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-427-5634.

Wellness Department

LifeCare Alliance’s Community Wellness Centers, travel clinics, and registered dietitians are conducting health screenings over the phone the day before appointments. LifeCare Alliance staff will ask patients about their health, the health of others in their household, and their recent domestic and international travel.

Patients who have been recently sick or share a household with someone who’s been recently sick will be asked to either make a telehealth appointment or reschedule their in-person appointment for a later date.

All patients and staff will wear face masks and eye coverings such as shields, goggles, and glasses during Wellness Center appointments. Registered dietitian and travel clinic appointments will require face coverings to be worn at all times.

Face-to-face dietitian meetings will be limited to LifeCare Alliance’s West Mound Street location anytime Franklin County sees an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

On June 11, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced that COVID-19 tests are available to anyone who wants one, even if they are asymptomatic. To learn more about COVID-19 testing in Columbus, visit the Columbus Public Health Coronavirus Portal.

Contact Us

If you have questions or concerns about your upcoming appointment, call our Customer Service Department at 614-278-3130 or click on this box to access our contact form.

Other Siblings and the Fear of the Unknown

By | Central Ohio Diabetes Association, Featured News, It Takes a Family

I want to take a few minutes and talk about siblings. Many of us may have more than one child, and the dynamic of siblings on a normal basis is interesting to say the least. But when you throw in them having a sibling that sometimes gets “special treatment” because of them being diabetic, it adds another layer.

Logan is our oldest, 8, and is Type 1 diabetic. Then we have Addison, who is 5 going on 25! Addison will probably never remember life before Logan was diabetic. She has seen a LOT in her short, almost 6, years! She was only 5-months old when her daddy lost his leg in a farm accident, and now she is seeing her daddy and big brother live with diabetes. She is destined to do SOMETHING in the medical field! If we’re lucky, it’s going to be finding a cure <3.

She has always been my helper when it comes to the medical care. Whether it was helping hold bandages when I was doing wound care for Andrew, being the bossiest little nurse when it comes to Logan getting his sugar checked and taking his insulin, or now keeping track of his Dexcom!

So, what I wasn’t prepared for was when the fear started to creep in for Andrew that she might be diabetic (because he felt like she was drinking too much water, and visiting the bathroom a little too much).

I expected the fear from Andrew. He has almost been waiting for it. But, I wasn’t expecting MY fear. I was finding myself hesitating to agree to check her sugar. I noticed myself trying to convince myself that he was crazy. And when I sat with it and explored why, it was because of fear. And, not necessarily the fear of her being diabetic. It was the fear of Andrew having to sit with it. I didn’t want him to blame himself again.

So I decided one Saturday morning, when he was at the farm, to tell her we were going to check her sugar.

More fear I was not expecting.

She has watched daddy and Logan check their sugar since before she can remember. But when it was her turn, it was a different story.

It turned into about an hour-long conversation/crying/screaming ordeal. Tears on both sides. It only ended because I had engaged the lancet and didn’t tell her. When she finally took it, she pushed the button before I could tell her. Oh, she was NOT a fan. But, we did it! We checked her sugar, and it was normal. All of that fear and anxiety of the UNKNOWN created such a stress in my life for weeks that could have been avoided. Not the hour-long ordeal probably, but everything else…yes.

So, I’m curious. How do you handle siblings? Is there a question mark in your mind? Is there something you do special with them so they don’t get lost in the shuffle? Do they play a part in managing their sibling’s diabetes?

There is NO right or wrong answer on this one. Each and every one of us will have a different way that works for our family. And if you feel like its not working, trying something else! We are all here to learn and these kids of ours are usually the best teachers.

About

Family photo of Dunlap family

This blog post is PART SIX of IT TAKES A FAMILY: LIFE WITH TYPE 1, written by Lindsay Dunlap.

The Dunlap family lives with two generations of T1D, and Lindsay is graciously sharing their experience with us. If you’d like to connect with Lindsay, she’d be happy to talk about the highs and lows with you at lindsay@lindsaydunlapcoaching.com.

Learn More

Click here to learn more about the Central Ohio Diabetes Association, including support for families through programs such as Camp Hamwi.