Free COVID-19 Testing at Clarehouse
Regular COVID-19 testing is still so important to curb the spread of the virus
and Clarehouse is prepared to do our part for the community.
We offer FREE drive-thru testing on our campus
from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on the 4th Wednesday of every month.
Hospice Workers may test every Wednesday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Choose OUHSC Catch-Up Clarehouse as the testing site.
COVID-19 Updates Regarding Clarehouse
Welcoming more guests back into our home has been a goal realized this spring. With the decline in COVID-19 infections and a stable level of new cases, we have increased the number of guests for whom we can safely offer care. Doing this requires more hands on deck at Clarehouse and with our proactive testing program, we've re-opened our doors to hospice aides, social workers and chaplains, as well as Clarehouse volunteers helping with guest care, household tasks and meals. We feel more like us again! Each restriction lifted is a step forward, and although we know we will be in masks and face shields for some time, we are grateful for the progress made towards our new normal.
Kelley Scott, Executive Director
In two weeks, on March 11th, we will mark twelve months of enduring the COVID-19 pandemic. I point to this date as the one when reality set in – the night last year when the Oklahoma City Thunder/Utah Jazz game was suddenly and instantly canceled, and the Chesapeake arena was emptied of thousands of fans. Once that domino fell, life changed very quickly. We’ve endured painful changes; the fear and experiences of serious illness, overwhelming death and loss, deprivation of our social and family interactions, disorienting changes in work lives, financial stress and instability, even the simple losses of fun and spontaneity. At Clarehouse, we’ve suffered three brief closures; initially for gearing up our safety and protection protocols and twice for viral outbreaks. We have learned SO MUCH. We’ve continued to serve our mission through it all, and finally, we are seeing light at the end of a very long tunnel. The consistent decrease in numbers over the past month and the increasing numbers of those vaccinated has brought hope after this year-long struggle. As we move from survival mode, I am hearing lots of conversations about the emotional toll of being under siege for a prolonged period. Many of us have put off reflecting much on these events as we simply try to get through each day and week. Now, we may begin to feel more fully just how much we’ve lost or missed. Mixed in all of this is grief – plain and simple. Of course, we know this if we’ve suffered the loss of a loved one, but it also hits us if we’ve seen someone suffer through serious illness. Or we’ve not been in the physical presence of a loved one for months on end. We have had to be absent for significant life events - birthdays and graduations and weddings – and those opportunities are gone. Feeling what we feel now is an important step in emerging from the social lockdowns and we have to be patient with ourselves and each other. We’ve been through some stuff. Take a deep breath, and then another, and another. Kindness matters more than ever. We don’t know everyone’s story, just as they don’t know ours. I take counsel from the wisdom of Mother Teresa: “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” Kelley Scott, Executive Director
#BeSafeNotScared is a great video for tips on protecting yourself and others from COVID-19
We are thrilled to announce that we are again providing care at Clarehouse! After a month without guests in our home, we welcomed a family here this morning and plan to welcome four more guests over the next few days. We will operate at half-capacity as we see how our community fares with the Oklahoma Open Up and Recover Safely Plan. We are proceeding cautiously, remaining vigilant about protecting our guests, families and staff, but deeply grateful to be offering loving care to dying people. Restrictions remain in place, including NOT utilizing volunteers at this time. We are in need of paper towels, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. Thank you for supporting Clarehouse! Kelley Scott, Executive Director
Last week, we made the difficult decision to temporarily halt admissions to Clarehouse. As a home - not a medical or clinical facility - we simply do not have the crucial personal protective equipment, infrastructure and staffing to ensure the safety of our guests and staff. We could not risk a caregiving crisis, nor could we become an unintentional source of contagion. Right now, the risk/benefit ratio is not in our favor but as soon as it tips in the other direction, we will swiftly reopen for end-of-life care. In the meantime,
- We are continuing with our education programs by moving them all online, including Tulsa Healthcare Decisions Day, Book Talk and student lectures.
- We are staying connected by calling our volunteers to check in, as well as bereavement calls and check-ins on our families who have lost loved ones in the past.
- We’ve provided our Clarehouse community with a virtual care package that we rolled-out via email and will continue on social media over the next few weeks.
- We’ve mobilized our volunteers and supporters to sew face masks that we are distributing to (first) hospice workers and (second) the public.
- More to come!
We are doing everything we can think of to help. Knowing this is going to get worse before it gets better fills us with resolve to stand ready to respond however is best for our community. We look forward to the day we can again throw open our doors for the mission of compassion that fills our hearts. Kelley Scott, Executive Director
With continued spread of COVID-19 in our community, we are further restricting entry into Clarehouse to a strict limit of a maximum of two family members per guest. We encourage use of video calling platforms to stay connected. We are committed to continued loving and compassionate care, with our priority being to sustain our service for as long as possible. We are in need of Clorox wipes - if you are able to drop some by we would appreciate it! Kelley Scott, Executive Director
For those interested in helping us at this time, please consider supporting a local restaurant by purchasing a meal and having it delivered to us or dropping it off at our door. For the time being we can only accept food prepared in a commercial kitchen. Contact Cynthia Outlaw to reserve a date . As always, guests and their families are our top priority. We continue to feed around 25 people through the lunch hour. Cynthia Outlaw, Support Services Director
On Friday, we took the difficult step of restricting entry to Clarehouse. To protect our very vulnerable guests, we are limiting access to immediate family members, staff and hospice providers. No volunteers and no public access with locked doors 24/7. All events are cancelled through April 5th. If you know us, you know this hurts our hearts. We look forward to the time when we can again offer the hospitality that has connected so many of us together as family. For now, our fragile guests are our first priority and our second is doing our part to #flattenthecurve. We are grateful for all the love and support. Be kind, keep calm, wash your hands and we will see you soon! Kelley Scott, Executive Director