Kokua is a nonprofit agency that provides residential support services to adults with disabilities in Thurston County. We value a diverse workforce and have been in operation for over 26 years. Kokua provides extensive paid training for new employees. We have a 125 Plan and a 401K Plan. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Kokua is dedicated to providing excellent care during these times. Our incredible Direct Support Professionals are working hard to prevent illness and keep the individuals in our care safe.
All Kokua activities and meetings are on hold. Hummingbird studio is on hold, LEAD is on hold and our community Guide and Respite programs are on hold. We look forward to starting these back up as soon as it is safe to do so.
Kokua practices preparation for times like these but supplies are limited and we encourage donations if you are able to provide any of the following:
- Masks (preferrably N95 but surgical are welcomed as well)
- Nitrile Gloves
- Temporal thermometers
- Hand Sanitizer
- Sanitizing Wipes
- Toilet Paper
- Personal Care Wipes
Some information regarding COVID-19:
What Should I Do?
- People should get the flu vaccine and flu antivirals if your doctor prescribes them.
- Stay at home if you are sick. People who have a fever and or respiratory symptoms should not go to work or school until 24 hours after their fever ends (100 degrees Fahrenheit [37.8 degrees Celsius] or lower), without the use of medication.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes.
- If you have a cough or sneezing wear a mask and if you’re working with someone who is coughing or sneezing offer them a mask.
- If you do not have a mask cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or cough and sneeze into your upper sleeve(s) – wash hands immediately after.
- Keep frequently touched common surfaces clean with disinfectant.
- Try not to use someone else’s phone, desk, office, computer, or other work tools and equipment. If you must use a coworker’s equipment, consider cleaning it first with a disinfectant.
- Avoid shaking hands or coming in close contact with people who may be ill.
- If you live in a home supported by Kokua you are at high risk and should avoid large groups and events and you should not attend any programs at this time.
- If you have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19 contact your doctor or county public health official immediately.
The video below gives an excellent overview of the virus as well as speaking to the perspective of a DSP worker. A synopsis from the video’s description:
Summary: The current worldwide news about the emergence of the Coronavirus is on everyone’s list of concerns, questions and insecurities. We created this webinar specifically for Direct Support Professionals to provide them with guidelines for understanding the virus, protecting the individuals they support in the community and offering reliable resources for ongoing news and practices. Takeaways • What is the Coronavirus and what is the realistic level of its threat. How can we better understand the potential for its “spread.” • What can the DSP do to mitigate the risk of the virus. • How can the DSP minimize the confusion, fears and anxiety about the virus on behalf of the individuals they support. How to differentiate fact from mythology about the virus. How “misinformation” can be as bad as “no information.” • What are the current recommendations regarding recognizing the symptoms, medical treatment, prevention protocols and outcomes.