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07.31.2020

We thought you would be interested in Senator Gillibrand's Message regarding New York's I/DD Community:

Senator Gillibrand’s Message to New York’s I/DD Community: “Lift Your Voices Up”

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) met with members of New York’s intellectual and developmental disabilities advocacy community this week to hear from them and offer her support of the field. Senator Gillibrand stated that this type of outreach with elected officials is important and continued advocacy is key so that decision makers in Washington, D.C. and the State of New York know what’s happening in the disabilities community.

New York Disability Advocates (NYDA) organized the virtual meeting with the Senator so that providers, family members and self-advocates could learn more about the status of COVID-19 related legislation including the Heroes Act and other legislation that will address inequities in the disabilities field. Senator Gillibrand joined the meeting for over 30 minutes and informed the attendees that she is an ardent supporter of increased Medicaid funds to states and localities, allowing for Medicaid reimbursement for caregivers, increased Federal Medical Assistance Program (FMAP) for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) as well as new federal grant funding for HCBS and ensuring that there’s no subminimum wage to ensure equal pay for equal work.

Senator Gillibrand acknowledged that the I/DD community is one that stands together and continued to urge meeting attendees to inform elected officials on the needs of the sector so that we survive the pandemic and thrive afterward.

 

07.24.2020

We hope this update finds you well.  We are happy to report to you that once again this week, we have no new positive COVID-19 cases at any of our residences. We would like acknowledge the continued diligence our staff is showing in caring for the people we support and keeping them healthy and safe.

Community outings have begun with some of the individuals. Outings are done with great caution and all staff and people supported are following the guidelines provided to them. 

We are working on the re-opening of our Day Hab program. This is quite involved as we are working on guidelines with OPWDD as well as our transportation company. There are many guidelines and logistics to work out. As soon as we have information to pass along to you, we will.

As a reminder, home visits and visits to our residences are now permitted. You can see the information on both of these visiting options in our posts below.

We wish for your continued good health and we will continue to update you.  

07.16.2020  OPWDD Gives "Go Ahead" for Family Visits

We hope you and your family are doing well and enjoying the beautiful summer weather we’ve been having. We are very happy to tell you that we have been given the “go-ahead” by OPWDD to begin family visits. We know how you have missed visiting with your loved one and even more so, they have missed you. Additionally, community outings, day habilitation and respite will begin again too. 

As with everything we do, our first concern is the health and safety of your loved one and all of the people we support.  Precautions have been put into place to insure everyone’s health is the priority. Safe social distancing, use of a mask or face covering, hand washing and/or hand sanitizer will be necessary. During home visits, we remind you that exposure to people from households other than your own should be done with caution and on a limited basis. Additionally, upon return to their residence, addresses of all places visited and the names of people who spent time with your loved one during the visit must be provided to their residence staff.

Below,  you will find a list of protocols that meet OPWDD’s guidelines; these protocols will need to be followed prior to and during a visit. As always, your visit should be scheduled through the Residence Manager of your family member’s home.  We are excited that you’ll be able to have home visits with your loved one again!

Guidelines for Home Visitation

  • Safe social distancing
  • Use of mask or face covering as tolerated
  • Good hand hygiene (hand washing or use of hand sanitizer)
  • Proper cleaning and disinfecting, especially in “high-touch” areas
  • During home visit, exposure to people outside of your household should be done cautiously and on a limited basis

Home and family visits can occur if the following are met:

Staff will remind families to ensure the person is washing and/or sanitizing their hands throughout the day, implementing social distancing whenever possible, and wearing face coverings whenever social distancing cannot be maintained in public. Prior to home visits, staff will discuss strategies with the family to best implement these practices

  • The individual is not suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 and is not under quarantine or isolation precautions
  • The individual passes a health screen and temperature check immediately prior to leaving the residence
  • The individual washes their hands immediately prior to leaving the residence and immediately upon returning to the residence
  • The location of the visit does not include: any household member suspected of or confirmed to have COVID-19; any household member has been exposed to COVID-19 in the prior 14 days; any household member who displays any symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days (cough, fever of 100°F or greater, sore throat, shortness of breath, headache, or chills)
  • This information will need to be confirmed, in a screening tool, prior to leaving the CRVI residence.                                                                                             

Questions about home visitation should be addressed with your family member’s Residence Manager.

 

07.10.2020

As of today, we are pleased to report that we do not have any positive cases of COVID-19. Our staff continues to take all precautions to ensure that our residents remain healthy. 

We continue to allow visitation to family members at our homes.  Please contact the Residence Management Team at your family members residence to set up your visit.

07.02.2020

As of today, we currently do not have any residents who are positive. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic we have had 12 residents who have tested positive. Considering the number of people supported is approximately 375, we are fortunate that number isn’t higher. Family members and representatives of residents who live in a house with a positive patient have all been notified.

Our staff continues to work diligently to come up with fun and creative ways to keep our residents busy and entertained. In individual residences, we’ve held dance parties, holiday barbecues, birthday parties, and even a fair, complete with face painting and games! We have also had a “heroes luncheon” at all of our residences to thank our staff for their hard work and dedication to the people we support throughout this challenging time. These luncheons were made possible by donations from families and friends as well as the CRVI Foundation.

We will continue to keep you and your family informed as we start to enter the next phase of this very challenging time.

June 15, 2020

We hope you and your family are well.  Each day we hear more about COVID-19 and the impact on our world, nation and local communities. We take stock of how it’s changed our lives and look forward to a day when things return to normal. With that in mind we want to keep you informed of what we’re doing to ensure the safety of your loved ones and our employees.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic we have had 12 residents who have tested positive. Considering the number of people supported is approximately 375, we are fortunate that number isn’t higher. We currently do not have any residents who are positive. Family members and representatives of residents who live in a house with a positive patient have all been notified.

Some of our residents and employees who tested positive for the infection remained asymptomatic. This is one reason extensive testing is so crucial, and why it is our best method of prevention along with quarantining. As test availability has increased nationwide, so has testing availability at our locations.

CRVI continues to implement extensive safety protocols to limit the spread of the virus in our homes and other facilities. These collective efforts have been critical and successful in protecting our residents and employees. These include resident health monitoring, implementation of appropriate isolation protocols, continuing our no visitor policy, eliminating communal activities, employee screenings and temperature checks before each shift, appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and proper social distancing to limit personal contact. We’ve attached a brief description of these steps.

Our staff has been diligently working to come up with fun and creative ways to keep our residents busy and entertained. In individual residences, we’ve held dance parties, holiday barbecues, birthday parties, and even a fair, complete with face painting and games! We have also had a “heroes luncheon” at all of our residences to thank our staff for their hard work and dedication to the people we support throughout this challenging time. These luncheons were made possible by donations from families and friends as well as the CRVI Foundation.

We will continue to keep you and your family informed as we start to enter the next phase of this very challenging time.

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