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COVID-19 Resources for Individuals

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Together we will persevere. 

It is an obvious statement to say that we are in uncharted territory and it’s unnerving to consider the reality of this situation, but we all have an impact on this. Know that Sentinel will remain vigilant as we do our part. 

Sentinel's COVID-19 resource center is meant to help you navigate through this unprecedented time. We will continue to keep these pages updated as more information becomes available.  
 

Managing Your Finances During the COVID-19 Crisis

Need help navigating the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis? We're here to help.

Balancing Working from Home and Caregiving Responsibilities

For many across the country, working from home is their new reality for the foreseeable future as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread rapidly. For some, this arrangement is business as usual. But for others, including parents and caregivers, they now face the difficult task of balancing their working from home and caregiving responsibilities.

Tips for Working From Home

Create and follow a routine

  • Set your alarm to start at your desk at the same time every day, and enjoy getting more sleep with a shorter commute.
  • Break for lunch, away from your computer.
  • Schedule exercise and outdoor time into your day, before work, during your lunch break, or after work.
  • Set regular hours for starting and ending your day.

Create a workspace

  • Choose a place where you’ll have minimal distractions.
  • Make sure you have a quiet spot for calls.
  • Make sure you have a comfortable chair and plenty of room for your computer and supplies.

Get dressed for work

  • You don’t have to put on a suit, but acting like you’re going to work will help get you in the mindset.
  • If you’ll be on video calls, make sure you’re dressed appropriately.

Make time for the virtual water cooler

  • Text, call, Skype, Google Hangout, Slack—make sure you stay in touch with your co-workers, not just for work, but to hear what they’re bingewatching and how they’re feeling.

If you’re sick, stay home

  • Don’t go into the office.
  • Put an out-of-office message in your email.
  • Give your body the time it needs to rest.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Get better.

COVID-19 Financial Survival Kit: Navigate the crisis with confidence

How to Buy Life Insurance During the COVID-19 Pandemic

If you’re shopping for life insurance, you might encounter some new processes and temporary roadblocks due to COVID-19. If you’re new to buying life insurance, you may not realize that those who shopped a few months ago may have had a different experience.

Six Keys to More Successful Investing

A successful investor maximizes gain and minimizes loss. Though there can be no guarantee that any investment strategy will be successful and all investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal, here are six basic principles that may help you invest more successfully.

Coronavirus-related Distributions and Loans Procedures

These articles detail the Coronavirus-related loan and distribution processes when Sentinel is acting as your plan’s recordkeeper. Not all plans will have the CARES Act loans and distributions enabled as this is a decision made by your employer.

The Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

On March 27th, the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law by the president.  Below, we review the provisions of the Act that apply to retirement plans, followed by several non-retirement plan provisions.

The Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is one of the central features of the recent Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and provides $349 billion in loans for small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and other eligible organizations and individuals toward payroll costs and other covered expenses, as well as forgiveness for expenditures, provided certain conditions are met. 

Understanding the $2 Trillion Stimulus Package

This document provides an overview of the $2 trillion stimulus package, which is designed to provide financial assistance for those struggling as a result of the coronavirus (COVD-19) outbreak.

View financial wellness articles and videos in the Health + Wealth Hub

Sentinel Benefits Business Continuity Plan

We want to assure you that we are committed to providing continued service to you and your employees throughout the duration of the Coronavirus outbreak. While our employees have not been directly affected by the virus at this time, we are closely monitoring developments and CDC recommendations and we have plans in place to ensure business continuity.

Working remote requires additional cybersecurity precautions

We will, of course, get through this.

However, things are going to change. Make sure you have the guidance you need. We are here and ready to have these discussions with you.