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Volume 2
Summer 2020

EXECUTIVE TEAM INSIGHT
Quarterly Insight Living Newsletter
 
Greetings to everyone from Living Life Team. We sincerely hope that everyone is doing well; especially during these challenging times of COVID-19. On a brighter note, Living Life Team is focusing on the aspect of remaining positive while pressing our way through COVID-19. Through creative ideas and positive attributes, we can continue empowering people who are blind/visually impaired to obtain independent living. 
 
Giving back to the community is a great way to exemplify a positive attribute as we participated in the Morgan County High School Senior Awards program by awarding a graduating senior with a college scholarship. Living Life Team is excited to announce that we now have TEXT to DONATE as a new tool for fundraising. It is very simple to use just text the word SIGHT to 74121 then follow the prompts. We encourage you to try it out and support our efforts.

Please visit our website www.livinglifeteam.net and Facebook page and share your thoughts with us. That’s all for now, stay healthy, happy and safe! 
   
Contact:  
Rita@livinglifeteam.net
P.O. Box 1063
Madison, GA  30650
706-474-0404
 

 
Upcoming Events
 
June activities/events are cancelled due to COVID-19.

July and August activities are pending.

Visit our website for updates.  (www.livinglifeteam.net)
  • July 9th - Support group meeting at Bill Wood Park,1000 Heritage Park Circle, Madison, GA 30650
    10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    We will discuss goals, enjoy lunch and a great fellowship.     
  • August 13th - Art/Crafts Project. Hosted by Rebecca McCart of Monroe-Walton Center of Arts
    Morgan County Library
    Madison, GA  30650
    10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


insight tidbit
 
Did you know that history seem to repeat itself every 100 years?
  • 1720 – Bubonic Plague
  • 1820 – Cholera
  • 1920 – Spanish Flu
  • 2020 – Coronavirus
Research the web to learn more about this interesting fact.

Protect yourself and others from COVID-19

The best way to prevent illness is to stay away from this virus. You can take steps to slow the spread.
  • Maintain good social distancing (about 6 feet). This is very important in preventing the spread of COVID-19                
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water is not available, Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol 
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces         
  • If you must go out, take extra safety precautions by wearing a mask.
 
     insight spotlight heading


Despite of COVID-19 placing a halt on face-to-face training for people who are blind/visually impaired, Living Life Team has been exploring new ways to provide support in learning essential life skills. With collaborative team efforts from Nancy Parkin-Bashizi, contracting teacher for Vision Rehabilitation Services (VRS) and Rita Harris, CEO/President of Living Life Team; training is moving forward. One of the unique training strategies we have been experimenting with involves Mrs. Harris traveling to the client’s residence to facilitate remote mobility training in their home environment.Prior to the facilitated training, the Certified OM Instructor uses a mix of client interviews, Google Maps satellite and street views, along with video and Zoom to gather information about the client, their basic cane skills and their home environment. A training plan is created and virtual instruction is provided to the client (who in one case lives alone and needs to manage several independent travel skills) over the phone.


 
Once the client has developed strong basic skills, an appointment is scheduled for a face-to-face visit from the peer support leader. Following all safety protocols, the peer supporter calls the Mobility Instructor when she arrives and they begin the lesson. The peer leader has the instructor on speaker or video call and she and her driver provide physical support for safety while instruction is being provided. Only essential travel skills are addressed to ensure that the client can independently leave their home to take care of essential life needs. During this time, utilizing various technologies and creative out-of-the-box strategies have allowed us to continue to support our clients during this difficult time.
 
Daily living can be challenging for a person who is blind/visually impaired. When COVID-19 is added into the equation, it can be devastating to someone who is desperately wanting to reach their goal of independence. It is truly rewarding to witness a person’s level of confidence increase as they become closer to reaching their goal of independence. Living Life Team and VRS will continue to collaborate “Making A Difference” in the lives of our program participants in any way that we can.
 

 
Outreach Insight
 
As everyone is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, Living Life Team understands the needs of others. With transportation being one of the largest barriers for people who are blind/visually impaired, more often lack of access to transportation results in not being able to carry out necessary errands, even as simple as going to a grocery store.  

       

      

Because Living Life Team cares, we are focusing our attention on relieving the burden of not having access to necessary essentials. With dedicated help from the Madison Lion Club, we are providing COVID-19 care packages and delivering them to homes. The care packages include essential items such as non-perishable foods, fresh fruits, paper products, personal hygiene items, and cleaning supplies. We will continue to distribute care packages as donations are received and/or while supplies are available.  Please visit our website for more information (www.livinglifeteam.net).
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