Covid-19 Update for May, 27 2020

 

At The Arc of the Quad Cities Area we hope that everyone reading this update is remaining strong and hopeful as we navigate our way through this crisis together. We at The Arc continue to strive each and every day to balance providing meaningful services to people with disabilities while ensuring the health and safety of everyone. We are a strong agency comprised of many caring people, and this crisis is hard on each of us. When things are going well we get to share in each other’s successes, and when things are difficult and/or sad we share in each other’s trials. In this crisis we have had to share in each other’s grief, but we remain hopeful that in the long run we will see more successes that will balance out this grief.


As Illinois moves into Phase III of the Restore Illinois plan we anticipate seeing additional opportunities for activities outside of the houses for our community. However, The Illinois Department of Human Services has informed us that our Community Day Services will remain closed through the end of June. The Arc of the Quad Cities Area has been reaching out to families and people served to gather input from day program participants and planning internally so we will be ready to open when the time comes. We know the programs will not look exactly the same when we finally can re-open, but our main goal will be the health and safety of everyone participating.


Each person who lives at home with supports from The Arc of the Quad Cities Area remains engaged in a variety of activities that our creative staff come up with each day. With the onset of warmer, dryer weather, people are going to be offered more options and choices of what to do each day as more time will be spent outside. The Illinois Department of Human Services has asked that providers determine what safe, socially distant visitation looks like at each of our homes. This means we still cannot go back to our ‘normal’ visits from family and friends, but we do want to continue to work with you to ensure you can safely visit those you care about. If you want to arrange a visit with appropriate social distancing practiced, please reach out to your QIDP for support in arranging an individualized visit that meets everyone’s needs.


I want to thank you all for ongoing support of The Arc of the Quad Cities Area. If you find yourself with an inspired idea of how you can help The Arc, or if you have questions, please reach out to us. You can reach out directly to your QIDP, you can call us at 309-786-6474 or contact us through our website at www.arcqca.org.


Very Respectfully,
Michael Glanz

 


Covid-19 Update for 4.29.2020

 

The Arc of the Quad Cities Area knows that the current crisis facing our community is challenging for all of us. We also understand all the additional stress that it causes the people served, their families, and friends. This is why we continue to make an effort to keep you informed of what is happening at The Arc of the Quad Cities Area.

 

Just like almost all organizations in the country, The Arc is adjusting its plans and operations to ensure we are providing the best possible support services to people with disabilities in the Quad Cities. As part of this adjustment, we continue to learn how best to meet the unique needs of each person served. These unique needs range from the typical struggles many of us are experiencing due to sheltering-in-place to directly battling positive cases of coronavirus. We will immediately notify you If your family member or loved one is someone who has tested positive or upon initial exposure to someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. Throughout this crisis, we continue to implement precautions outlined by physicians, the CDC, the State of Illinois, and The Rock Island County Health Department. The Arc continues to implement mandatory staff masking, pre-work health screenings, additional household cleaning and has limited contact to only essential people for household needs.

 

The Arc’s goal is to continue to offer essential services to people with disabilities in a manner that helps to stop the spread of the virus. The Community Day Programs at Arc Industries, The Opportunity Center and The Arc Building remain closed following the guidelines from The State of Illinois. Once The State of Illinois determines the programs can start to move forward again, management will begin implementing when and how each of those programs can re-open and will share that information in as timely of a manner as possible. When each of these programs does re-open there may be changes that will need to be implemented to ensure the health and safety of people served.

 

Even though the full vision of the future of The Arc’s services seems to remain uncertain, we have so much to be appreciative of. We are thankful for families that continue to maintain social distance, we are encouraged by those who have brought joy into our homes through their creative actions, and we continue to be inspired by our direct support professionals who are working round-the-clock to support the people in our care and their families. Residents in our homes have experienced great food from local restaurants, enjoyed musical entertainment from friends, had happy birthday sung to them from management, played “zoom” bingo against other homes, learned to make homemade pizza and so much more. Daily I am inspired by the actions of staff, management and the people served who are taking opportunities to uplift others.

 

If you find yourself with an inspired idea of how you can help us, or if you have questions, please reach out to us. You can reach out directly to your QIDP or we continue to use and monitor our phone system and you can call us at 309-768-6474 or contact us through our website at www.arcqca.org.

 


COVID-19 Important Update
April 13, 2020

 

The Arc of the Quad Cities Area is working to ensure people with disabilities have the supports and services needed during this unprecedented time. We continue to staff our group homes with everyday heroes who are known as direct support professionals. These heroes are tasked with providing a safe, clean environment with ongoing activities and engagement for people served and providing guidance on understanding the virus to each individual they support. This guidance has The Arc working each day protecting people served, offering reliable resources and sharing the most up to date news and practices with each staff and person served.

 

The most current update we have with regards to the temporary closure of our Community Day Services sites is that they will remain closed until the Division of Developmental Disabilities provides an official notice stating that service can resume. The Governor of Illinois has extended the Stay at Home order until April 30th, 2020 and will continue to monitor the situation to determine if the order will be lifted or remain in place. Even if the order is lifted this may not mean that CDS service will resume immediately, as The Arc will need official notice from DDD on when services may start. The Arc of the Quad Cities Area continues to change and adapt our services to new guidance on a regular basis.

 

One of the things that individual truly enjoy is video calling with their friends and family and if you are interested in doing this please reach out directly to the group home. If you have others questions, concerns, or ideas on how to support The Arc of the Quad Cities Area, please reach out to us. We continue to use and monitor our phone system and you can call us at 309-768-6474 or contact us through our website at www.arcqca.org.

 

We thank you for continuing to support The Arc of the Quad Cities Area in achieving our mission of empowering people with disabilities to believe in their own unique abilities to achieve their full potential.

 

I want to thank everyone for their continued support of The Arc of the Quad Cities and for believing in our mission!

 

Very Respectfully,
Michael Glanz


COVID-19 Important Update

April 6, 2020

 

The Arc of the Quad Cities Area is reaching out to our community to let people know that yesterday afternoon we were notified that one of our group home residents has tested positive for COVID-19. This person was and continues to be experiencing minor symptoms of the virus. The individual has been staying at home since the evening of March 16th and once the test was ordered we began to isolate them to their bedroom. Across our group homes we have been working to limit the number of staff working at each site, screening staff when they arrive to work, implementing additional cleaning and sanitation and following all precautions and guidance available. These measures and steps will continue to be implemented across the agency and we will take additional precautions in coordination with the health department at the affected home.

As the current situation continues to affect all of us, The Arc will continue to strive for excellence in supporting people with disabilities to live their best life possible, even in these trying times. Our dedicated and committed staff work as everyday heroes to the people we serve and we cannot thank them enough for their daily courage.

At this point The Arc has just this one case and all individuals, families, caregivers, and staff who live in the home have been notified of the case. Therefore, if you have not received direct contact from The Arc you or your loved one has not been in direct contact with the individual. Future cases may be expected as the COVID-19 virus continues to spread in the community. Any future cases will be communicated to the individuals, families, caregivers, and staff who are directly affected. You can be assured that The Arc will continue to work to implement precautions and guidance received from our state and federal partners, and we will continue to work locally with the health department.

For families and caregivers who have any questions, concerns, or ideas on helping the agency, please contact your assigned “Q”/case manager.

I want to thank everyone for their continued support of The Arc of the Quad Cities and for believing in our mission!

 

Very Respectfully,

Michael Glanz




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