Hello to all Community Living Staff:
Welcome to the Community Living News page where we will communicate more information with our staff. Because we are so large and dispersed across the community, communication has always been a big challenge for us. On this page, you can access important information and navigate through The Arc Baltimore’s site. We hope this will assist in providing more consistent and timely communications with everyone.
Thank you for the work each of you does every day!
COMMUNITY LIVING COVID-19 REOPENING PLAN
TO: All Staff
FR: Laura Tieman, Chief Transformation Officer
RE: Community Living COVID Reopening
DATE: September 11, 2020
We are pleased to announce that The Arc Baltimore is now expanding our COVID plan for the people we support in Community Living. We know it has been an extremely challenging past six months for those we support, their families, and our team members. One of the hardest things is that people have not been able to leave their homes due to health and safety concerns. As most of us have felt personally, not being able to connect in person with our family, friends, and colleagues is extremely difficult. Many have struggled with other unintended consequences of being isolated for so long. As an agency, we know that our emotional and social well-being is also extremely important and can impact our health in many ways. Thankfully, we believe the positivity rate for our area is low enough that we can begin to open up and allow more activities. Attached, please find our updated Community Living COVID Reopening plan which reflects those changes. As always, we trust that each of you will be as careful as you can be to ensure we minimize the possible spread of COVID as we move forward. Thank you for all you do to keep those we support healthy and happy!
MEMO FROM KATHLEEN RE: COST SAVINGS MEASURES
HEATHER EDWARDS, FIRST TO EARN DSP-1 CERTIFICATION
Family Living Specialist, Heather Edwards, was the first participating DSP to achieve her DSP-1 Certification through our E-Badge Academy, in partnership with the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals – NADSP.
Heather stated, “it is an honor and a blessing, not just for myself, but for the people I support. It’s amazing!”
Learn more about the E-Badge Academy here: https://www.thearcbaltimore.org/e-badge-credentialing-takes-off-at-the-arc-baltimore/
ADDITIONAL BONUS OPPORTUNITY
Good morning to The Arc Baltimore Team,
As we navigate the complexities of this pandemic, I am so incredibly thankful to each and every DSP who has worked tirelessly to ensure those we support get the best care and services we can provide. You are true heroes. Heroes who are willing to put the needs of others at the forefront of their decisions and who are willing to go the extra mile to care for people in need. As we go through the summer and enter the Fall, we want to proactively plan for possible increased cases due to the state’s reopening. With that, we are hoping to create a list of any DSPs who would be willing to work with someone who has tested positive if necessary. Please note, all CDC required PPE will be provided to ensure your safety.
For those DSPs willing to work direct care with someone who has been diagnosed and tested positive for COVID-19, they will get a bonus for the 14 day period (or longer if determined by The Arc Baltimore). The bonus will be effective through September 4, 2020, and is as follows:
- 40 to 60 hours = $300
- 61 to 80 hours = $400
- 81 plus hours = $500
- Live in for 14 day period = $1000
- Weekend only bonus: (Friday at 3 pm through Monday at 6 am) for 24-39 hours = $250 bonus. If the DSP works 40 or more during the 14 day period, they will get the higher bonus amount outlined above.
If this is something you are willing and able to do, please let JK Ferrell know at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me, Laura Tieman at email@example.com and we will keep you on a “COVID staffing list” for if and when we need your assistance. Again, thank you for all you do!
IMPORTANT GROCERY STORE MEMO (Please print and bring when shopping)
Many Grocery Store Retailers have imposed quantity restrictions due to supply chain concerns. The Developmental Disabilities and Behavioral Health Administrations have collaborated to provide the following letter (CLICK HERE) to permit Grocery Store Retailers to allow providers to purchase quantities beyond the normal limits set for consumers.
CORONA VIRUS CAUTIONS CONTINUED
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COVID-19, a video by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, presents a clear explanation of the virus and what to do about it. Great info for everyone.
GUIDANCE ON HOW TO SUPPORT PEOPLE IN ALL STAGES OF VIRUS
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TIPS FOR STAYING CONNECTED
Our Family Services pulled together tips on how to stay connected with friends and family.
SOCIAL DISTANCING FOR CONNECTED HOUSEHOLDS
COMPUTER TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE FOR CL HOUSES
Community Living staff – please find this helpful troubleshooting guide that should help solve many of your computer, printing, and networking issues without the need to contact our IT Department. If the guide doesn’t solve your issue, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
GET MOVING WITH HEALTHY WEIGHS
Click on the link below to view and use a video created for participants in the Healthy Weighs program. The good news is that everyone can use it. Gather the people in your house for some healthy movement designed to help with Strength, Balance, Flexibility, and Endurance. Do all the activities in one session or spread it out over a few days. Let’s help each other get more fit with healthy movement and healthy eating.
Watch the instruction video now!