Dear Elim Community:
The Illnois Department of Human Services is allowing a gradual reopening of our Adult Services program (Community Day Services). There are many requirements and restrictions on how we reopen our program to ensure we are providing the safest environment possible as the Covid-19 virus is still present. Therefore, led by state guidelines, Elim will be opening our adult program in 3 phases:
The rationale for which individuals are served in each phase is safety as our top priority. Individuals who reside in residential facilities have been socially isolated, monitored, and tested, so are therefore the safest individuals to reintroduce to services. In addition, current requirements are to transport, serve and isolate individuals who share the same residence to avoid potential cross-contamination.
Unfortunately, this plan calls for patient endurance for our families who have their adult children, wards, or family members residing at home with them. We are working diligently within the state guidelines to restore services as soon and as safely as regulations and resources allow.
In these first two phases, we will be utilizing all our staff and transportation resources. Once some of the social distancing requirements are reduced, we will be able to direct resources for serving individuals who live with their families.
There are several steps that families can do to prepare their adult children, wards, or family members for re-entry into adult programming.
Elim has taken many precautions to provide a safe environment. These steps include (but are not limited to):
It is our hope and prayer that we will all safely transition through this crisis and fully reopen our Adult Services program as soon possible. We greatly appreciate your support and prayers for wisdom and discernment as we move forward in this transition.
Director of Adult Services