Sometimes it helps to talk to someone. Text REACHOUT to 741741
The State of Louisiana is proud to announce that a Crisis Text Line has been activated to provide free, confidential, 24/7 support for people in crisis via text.
All Louisiana can get connected by texting REACHOUT
(all caps together) to 741741
to reach a trained crisis counselor who will help de-escalate, identify coping strategies and use active listening techniques to support you.
With COVID-19, citizens need options to connect and cope with stress, anxiety and hard situations that can result in a mental health crisis. Anyone in emotional distress feels a chat via text would be useful to immediately connect them to resolve emotions of the moment. Text REACHOUT
and STAY WELL Louisiana. This support is being provided by the State of Louisiana’s Crisis Counseling Program for COVID19.
Encompass Healthcare Data Solutions (www.EncompassHDS.com) is working with a supplier that currently has N95 Masks and other PPE available. The Catalog and Order Form for Dallas Regenerative Solutions (D.R.S.) is attached. Delivery to your location is expected in 13-16 days.
- Fill out the attached order form. Items in Red Font are no longer available.
- Return completed order form to Barry Denny, BDenny@EncompassHDS.com. In an effort to expedite order processing, Barry Denny will be reviewing order forms for accuracy and completeness before sending to DRS. The folks at DRS are understandably busy and don’t have time to chase people for corrections to the order form.
They will confirm with you that the order has been pre-screened and handed off to DRS. DRS will be your point of contact thereafter.
Finding Support During the Pandemic: An Exclusive, Free Event for NFDA Members!
The COVID-19 pandemic is stressful for every funeral director. You’re concerned about yourselves, your coworkers, the families you serve, and your own families and friends. You’re juggling an ever changing landscape of federal, state and local regulations and guidance.
Sarah Ross from Beacon Health Solutions, which administers NFDA’s Work/Life Resource Program (EAP)
, will share tips to help you cope with the extra pressure you may be feeling and discuss resources on their website to support you and your family during these difficult times. She will also share more information about the free, confidential help the Work/Life Resource Program
offers year-round, such as help locating child care services, assistance with financial planning, sessions with a licensed counselor and more!
A recording of this webinar will be posted to NFDA’s COVID-19 Information Hub, www.nfda.org/covid19,
by the end of the day May 20.
FREE LIVE WEBINAR
Funeral home owners and managers are facing new pressures during the pandemic as they manage their business and navigate personnel issues with their employees. Bill Ford and Jamie Hasty from SESCO Management Consultants, an NFDA Endorsed Provider, shared information about:
Nurturing an Organization’s Culture: Post COVID-19, employers will need to make a consistent effort toward ensuring employees remain a top priority.
- Employee engagement
- Transparent and frequent communication
- Demonstrated commitment by company leadership
Cultivating HR Policy and Practice: As businesses continue to operate, they must adapt their human resource policies and practices in accordance with state/federal law, industry safety requirements and CDC guidelines.
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- Company paid leave policies
- Flexible work schedules
- Performance management
- General workforce development
- Your Experts: Bill Ford and Jamie Hasty from SESCO Management Consultants
- Moderator: Jessica Koth, NFDA Director of Public Relations
NFDA broadcasted this event live on its Facebook page.
Purchasing PPE on Amazon
As you may know, Amazon has been restricting the purchase of PPEs via www.amazon.com to medical personnel only. As such, NFDA has been working with Amazon to loosen this restriction and allow NFDA members to purchase PPE supplies. NFDA is pleased to announce that Amazon has agreed to sell PPE to NFDA members who are on an approved PPE purchasing list. So, every member who’s interested in purchasing PPE must complete the form at:
Once you complete the form, it will automatically be uploaded to NFDA and your funeral home will be placed on the NFDA/Amazon PPE approved purchaser list. To participate, your form must be completed by Wednesday, May 13th by 4:00 p.m. central daylight time. After that it may take another two weeks for Amazon to complete their process. NFDA or Amazon will notify you when you can begin ordering supplies.
NFDA members who are also members of their state association in NJ, PA, MA or NY should contact their state association directly for details as those states already have an ordering procedure in place with Amazon.
FREE NFDA WEBINAR (for members): Open Your Doors! Preparing Your Funeral Home for the "New Normal"
Don't miss out on this great opportunity! Gain valuable ideas to help you formulate a plan for the next phase of serving families during the pandemic. Please note: A recording of this webinar will be posted to NFDA’s COVID-19 Information Hub, www.nfda.org/covid19, by the end of the day May 15