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Life Skills & Learning Center September Update

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Advocates
September 17, 2021

An Update from Advocates Life Skills and Learning Center 

We're enjoying fun in the sun with 70% of our friends participating in onsite programming! We love seeing each other's smiling faces outdoors, where mask wearing is optional for those who are fully vaccinated. With updated social distancing requirements, our friends are excited to visit peers outside of their program rooms and engage in small group activities.

As you know, Advocates, like many other human service providers, is requiring all staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This decision was not made lightly. Our top priority is the health and safety of the people we support and our staff. I am happy to report that 98% of our Day Services staff are already fully vaccinated, along with a high percentage of those we support.

Our wonderful Day Services team shows their commitment and dedication each day, and we are so grateful for them. As the workforce crisis continues for human services organizations, we are working closely with our human resources team to recruit staff so we can best support your loved ones. 

We appreciate outreach and advocacy efforts regarding the need for enhanced funding for day services. Although we still face a long road, remember, we are in this together!

Fall is time for Advocates 5th Annual Gala! I am personally inviting you to join us for our fun virtual gala on Thursday, November 18. We will celebrate all the ways the people we support live active, healthy lives in their community. This is our one big fundraiser of the year, and it's a great way for you to support Advocates. I hope to see you there.

 

Sincerely, 

Elizabeth Bardasz
Senior Director of Developmental and Brain Injury Day Services

 

DAY SERVICES OPERATIONS

Update brought to you by Stephen Robery, Operations Director

Community Integration

Our friends love getting out in the community! As we build and maintain relationships with volunteer sites, we look forward to new opportunities in the future, while taking advantage of those currently available. As always, we practice safety precautions while in the community.

Transportation

Shout out to our nursing team who continue to be outside every morning to screen members and collect forms required to enter the building. We appreciate your continued flexibility with pick up and drop off times, as the state works to accommodate transportation requests while facing a staffing shortage.

 

NURSING CORNER

Update brought to you by Emily Donahue, Senior Healthcare Coordinator / RN

COVID-19 Vaccination

The COVID-19 vaccine is one of the best ways to protect against COVID-19 infection. If you or your loved one have not yet been vaccinated, we encourage you to do so. Feel free to reach out for resources. Remember to share your loved one's vaccine documentation card with us.

Travel Plans?

If you have travel plans, please fill out the Day Services travel form and send to Liz and I prior to your trip, along with a copy of your vaccination card if we don't have it. Fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to quarantine or schedule a test before or after travel.

Has your loved one had their annual physical?

All individuals supported through Day Services are required to have had an annual physical within the last year. If you are unsure, please check with your physician and schedule an appointment if needed. A nursing team member may reach out if updated physical documentation is needed.

 

We Love Our Staff!

Delicious food, line dancing, and outdoor games were among the fun activities we enjoyed during our staff appreciation barbecue. To celebrate and thank our dedicated team members, we gave them each a cozy Advocates fleece vest to keep them warm during the chilly months!

  

About the Life Skills and Learning Center: Through our Day and Employment Services at the Life Skills & Learning Center, Advocates staff partners with adults who have disabilities and their families to customize experiences and activities uniquely suited to each person’s interests, skills, needs, and goals. Learn more at www.Advocates.org/LSLC.