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Greetings Gareda Family,

As the situation around the Coronavirus develops, we will be monitoring all information locally, nationally and globally so that we can know how to best be of service to you and our clients. The health and safety of our Gareda community is of the utmost importance and we will continue to update you with changes in policies and procedures to deal with this ever-growing issue. 

depend on management for everyday guidance and it’s our responsibility to be available to answer any questions or concern that you might have. I applaud the Home Care Aides for their diligence and dedication to serving our elderly and disabled clients, especially in these uncertain times. Click Here for More COVID-19 Employee Updates

Participants and families –
you can rest assured that we are reinforcing with our Home Care Aides and office staff some of the basic safety precautions to use to limit exposure to COVID-19 themselves and others.  Our goal is to ensure you are safe and continue to get the services that you need and are entitled to. With the closing of many basic public services, we may need to enact temporary adjustments with schedules or send substitute workers in to meet your needs. 


Safety tips:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing; going to the bathroom and before eating and preparing food.
  •  Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Stay home when you are sick (cold or flu like symptoms)
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it in the trash.

Your health is important to us. The symptoms of COVID-19 are:  Fever, Cough, and Shortness of Breath.  Seek medical advice if you develop symptoms and have been in contact with a person known to have COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control offers basic tips for creating a household plan of action.

  • Talk with the people who need to be included in your plan. Meet with household members, other relatives, and friends to discuss what to do if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community and what the needs of each person will be.
  • Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications. Early data suggest older people are more likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. If you or your household members are at increased risk for COVID-19 complications, please consult with your health care provider for more information about monitoring your health for symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. CDC will recommend actions to help keep people at high risk for complications healthy if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community.
  • Get to know your neighbors. Talk with your neighbors about emergency planning. If your neighborhood has a website or social media page, consider joining it to maintain access to neighbors, information, and resources.
  • Identify aid organizations in your community. Create a list of local organizations that you and your household can contact in the event you need access to information, health care services, support, and resources. Consider including organizations that provide mental health or counseling services, food, and other supplies.
  • Create an emergency contact list. Ensure your household has a current list of emergency contacts for family, friends, neighbors, carpool drivers, health care providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.

Thanks for your patience & understanding during this difficult situation and as always, we appreciate you allowing us to be of service to you.


Ella Grays Regional VP & General Manager




Vaccination Resources 

Chicago is now in phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccinations. This means Chicagoans age 65+ and specific groups of highest-risk and front-line essential workers will be eligible for vaccination. Please remember, even when you become eligible, it may take weeks to get an appointment. The city expects it to take at least through February and March for front line essential workers and those who are 65+ to get their first dose of vaccine because of limited supply and the number of providers who are able to administer the vaccine. The vaccine will be offered at no cost to all Chicagoans who want it, but patience is needed while vaccine quantities increase.

We are encouraging all Gareda staff to get vaccinated; if you choose to get vaccinated please retain proof of your vaccination and email a copy to

CHICAGO — Building on the state’s progress as it moves into the early stages of Phase 1B of the COVID-19 Vaccination Administration Plan, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced a new portal on to provide residents with easily accessible information about the COVID-19 vaccine.  will provide eligible residents with nearby vaccination sites, information on how to make an appointment to receive the vaccine, updates on the state’s plan and eligibility, and answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Today, as we launch the newest phase of our Vaccine Administration Plan for frontline essential workers and those 65 and over, I’m proud to announce our statewide vaccination site locator, searchable by zip code and city, at,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “This site will serve as a hub of all vaccine-related information, directing residents to the appointment booking homepages of our 97 local health departments and our pharmacy partners, which will total hundreds of locations statewide. That also includes information on our first Illinois National Guard mass vaccination site, opening tomorrow at Tinley Park Convention Center, and will be updated as more state-run sites and hundreds of additional local options come online. As federal supply is currently limited and every state in the nation is facing a shortage, I urge all eligible Illinoisans to check back regularly for available appointments – and in the meantime, mask up, keep our distance, wash our hands, and remember we’ll stay healthy and safe if we look out for each other.”

Cook County Dept of Public Health

Today, we launched a website for the purpose of scheduling vaccination appointments. The portal at will allow people to be placed in the proper phase and, if appointments are available, to schedule their vaccination.
There is also a hotline phone number at 1-833-308-1988 which will be open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Chicago Department of Public Health

Vaccination appointments for healthcare workers are now available and we would like to invite staff from your facility to attend an upcoming Chicago Department of Public Health Vaccination Clinic. Each employee from your facility can visit to pre-register and make a vaccination appointment. Each person must pre-register. Please do not bring any guests with you. Only the individual registered for vaccination will be allowed inside. Walk-ins will not be accepted. A registration code is needed to make a vaccination appointment. The code should be used for registration of your employees only and should not be shared with relatives or friends who do not work in the clinic or facility. We must all do our best to follow prioritization guidance determined by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to ensure equitable distribution of the vaccine.

Registration CODE: 528fcc18

Healthcare workers must make an appointment to receive a vaccine at one of the POD sites. A representative from their facility must complete the Staff Vaccination Inquiry Survey which is provided on the official CDPH vaccine web site - - under the Healthcare Providers tab. After completing the survey, they will receive a facility code, and once a facility has received their code, they should send the code to their staff. The code is required in order to set up a vaccination appointment online.

COVID Vaccinations (Walgreen/Jewel/Walmart)

Walgreens, Jewel-Osco, Walmart, and suburban Cook County are now scheduling.

See the links below:
The state has also launched a website where people can find vaccination locations and use links to make appointments at

Walgreens is vaccinating seniors and essential workers at 92 sites across Illinois, according to Pritzker’s office, and appointments can be made at

Starting 1/25/2021 - Jewel-Osco is allowing people to make appointments online at for shots at its stores, according to the governor’s office.

Walmart is taking appointments for seniors and essential workers at six of its stores in Chicago at

The Cook County Department of Public Health began scheduling appointments Monday at There is also a hotline phone number at 1-833-308-1988 which will be open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Please find information below from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on how to engage and assist our Aging Network as a COVID Ambassador. The letter contains a link to Survey Monkey in order to complete the process and become an ambassador.
Illinois COVID-19 Ambassadors




COVID-19 Fraud Alert
: Scams to Be Aware of. 





If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 and how it affects you, reach out to us via email at This is our dedicated email address to discuss all things Coronavirus.