OUR RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS

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During these unsettling and rapidly evolving times, the safety and well-being of our participants, residents, students and staff is on the top of our minds. We will continue to update this page with the adjustment made at Little City in the coming weeks. If you have any questions that are not answered on this page, please email covid@littlecity.org or call 847-221-7997.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

Issued 7/15/2020- Update on Off-Campus Visits

As the Children’s Group Homes at Little City has been implementing successful outdoor visits with families, we and other children’s programs across the state are presently working with DCFS and IDPH to develop guidance for off-campus home and community visits.

As of today there are no new updates from the state agencies, but as formal guidance is being developed we are planning on updating you by the end of next week (July 24th) or sooner. We will be able to issue a notification on how Little City will—or will not—implement off-campus visits based on this guidance.

Once again, we sincerely thank you for your patience over the past several months. As we adapt to a new normal and carefully navigate reopening Little City, we know we must do so in the safest way to ensure our residents are safe and protected. We wouldn’t be able to do this successfully without your support and cooperation, and for that we remain deeply grateful.

 

Issued 6/26/2020- Children’s Group Home Visitation Guidelines
Issued 6/22/2020- Residential Program

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) notified agencies that Long-Term Care and Congregate Living Facilities, as Little City is classified, are permitted to allow visitation for residents when certain conditions are met. Based on the requirements provided we are finalizing details to allow visits with loved ones as quickly as possible. Please note, at this time, authorization has not been given for off-site visitations.

The specific conditions will include that visitations must be held outdoors, visitors will be screened, safety precautions will be in place and visits must be scheduled in advance. Additional criteria and the process Little City will abide by will be communicated later in the week.

Our number one priority continues to be the protection and health of those in our care.  We thank you for your continued support, and for your understanding and patience during these past few months.

Issued 5/29/2020- Residential Program

As Illinois is enters Phase 3 of Restore Illinois, we recognize that this gradual reopening of our State has our staff and families wondering where family visitations to Little City currently stands.

Little City has been carefully preparing a comprehensive plan outlining controlled visits to our homes, once we are permitted to do so. Little City has been closely following the guidance from the Illinois Department of Public (IDPH) and the Department of Human Services (DHS) and at the present time, these agencies are not authorizing outside visits to congregate living facilities, which is Little City’s classification. Additionally, a probable date for visitations has not be announced. That date could potentially come while Illinois is still in Phase 3, or possibly during Phase 4.

This past Wednesday, May 27th, Little City held its second Virtual Town Hall covering the topics of Community Day Services, Family Visits, and the economic state of Little City. The recording of that town hall can be viewed here: Second Virtual Town Hall with Shawn Jeffers.

Issued 4/24/20- Notice on Shelter in Place Extension

The past few months have been some of the most difficult ever experienced for people at Little City, in our communities and throughout the world. This unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us physically, mentally and emotionally for a length of time longer than we anticipated. And as you know, Gov. Pritzker has now extended Illinois’ mandatory Shelter in Place through May 30th.

Little City, an essential Human Service Organization will continue to remain open. However, certain services that Little City provides will continue to be suspended through May 30th, unless extended closure by the state is instructed.

Affected services that Little City provides includes:

Community Day Services: (all Lakeside and Countryside services, and Palatine Campus services including the Center for the Arts, Horticulture, Fitness & Recreation, Employee Development Services, etc.) which will be suspended through May 30th.

Residential Program: Individuals who are currently residing at Little City must remain at Little City through May 30th. Additionally, in-person visits to our homes will not be permitted through May 30th. If you currently have your loved one home with you, or should you choose to pick up your loved one to stay with you at home, please be aware that they may not return to Little City until after May 30th. Once they return to Little City, their temperature will be taken and if they are symptomatic, we will not permit their return to Little City. This is to protect all staff and fellow residents who are in our care.

ChildBridge Center for Education: The day school is closed for the remainder of the academic year, with the possibility of closure through summer classes. The school will continue to provide families at home and Children’s Group Homes, with appropriate e-learning materials through that date.

Community Outings (off-campus): All community outings are suspended through May 30th. Off-site essential outings including doctor visits permitted.

Foster Care Program and Home-Based Supports: Foster Care and In-Home Supports services will continue to be conducted as virtual visits.

Aunt Martha’s and Center for Health & Wellness: Until further notice, Aunt Martha’s dental is closed, Aunt Martha’s medical remains open to see established clients for non-emergency care and is offering tele-medicine services in addition to in-person visits.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding during this time of uncertainty. We want to reassure you that our dedicated team is diligently working to keep your loved one safe and engaged while at Little City. Our team has made remarkable progress in our homes through e-learning, active engagement, recreational activities and more

For our residential families, we recognize how difficult it is being apart from your loved one. And for our families that rely on our day programming, we understand the disappointment in keeping your loved one from the enriching programs they depend on almost every day.

But normalcy will return, even though it may look different than we are accustomed to at Little City. Our highest priority is keeping our staff and participants safe, and we will continue to provide you with pertinent information as changes develop.

We encourage you to keep the lines of communication open, as this crisis is new to all of us. In response to the questions that were submitted at the April 9th Virtual Town Hall, we have addressed questions that were not able to be answered at that time at www.littlecity.org/townhall.

Issued 4/17/20- The ChildBridge Center for Education

Classes suspended for rest of academic year. The Center for Education will continue to provide e-learning materials for families to use, as well as in our children’s homes, during the time of typical school days. Course of action for summer class schedule to be determined.

Issued 5/22/20- All Program update

As we approach June, we anticipate that additional businesses and services in our communities will begin the process of reopening as Restore Illinois gradually enters Phase III. We continue to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and Illinois Department of Public Health, and to date our programs and services are operating as follows:

Residential Program: We understand that our families miss their loved ones who are living at Little City. We are in the process of evaluating the safest time frame and protocol for allowing visits. By the end of next week, we will communicate the next steps for resuming family visits as well as returning residents to Little City who are currently at their families home. We appreciate your patience and understanding in ensuring the safety and well-being of our residents.

ChildBridge Center for Education: The day school is closed for the remainder of the academic year. Additionally, summer school will continue with E-Learning. The school will continue to provide families at home and Children’s Group Homes, with appropriate e-learning materials. Plans for resuming in-person classes in the Fall will be communicated once a decision has been made.

Community Outings (off-campus): All community outings are suspended until further notice. Off-site essential outings including doctor visits permitted.

Foster Care Program and Home-Based Supports: The Foster Care & Adoption program is following guidance from DCFS. Foster Care and In-Home Supports services will continue to be conducted as virtual visits.

Aunt Martha’s and Center for Health & Wellness: Aunt Martha’s dental is currently closed. Aunt Martha’s medical remains open to see established clients for non-emergency care and is offering tele-medicine services in addition to in-person visits.

Community Day Services: (all Lakeside and Countryside services, and Palatine Campus services including the Center for the Arts, Horticulture, Fitness & Recreation, Employee Development Services, etc.) is currently suspended. The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) has ordered that Community Day Services (CDS) will remain closed through August 31st. Little City is evaluating the most effective and safest way to resume these services once permitted. We will continue to keep the Little City community informed as direction from the DDD is given, and what the future of day programming will look like.

Issued 3/21/20- Notice on Shelter in Place Mandate

Gov. Pritzker has issued a mandatory Shelter in Place order for the entire state of Illinois beginning today March 21st at 5:00 pm through the end of April 7th.

Businesses and agencies that provide essential services will remain open. That means that Little City, a Human Service Organization that provides essential services to the public, will continue to remain open.

However, as previously noted, certain services that Little City provides are to be temporarily suspended including Community Day Services (all Lakeside and Countryside services, and Palatine Campus services including the Center for the Arts, Horticulture, Fitness & Recreation, Employee Development Services, etc.), and visitors to our Residential program. This will remain in effect until April 15th unless extended closure is instructed.

Additionally, the temporary closure of the ChildBridge Center for Education which was initially scheduled to reopen March 31st is now extended until April 8th (with the possibility of closure beyond that date.) The school will continue to provide families with appropriate e-learning materials through that date.

Issued 3/17/20- Residential Program

Beginning Thursday, March 19th, 2020, families who take their loved one home must keep them at home until April 15th, when the situation will be reassessed.  Little City will work with you to either have March and April medication ready at the time you pick up your loved one, or we will deliver medication in another manner.  If your family member is currently at home, they must return to their Little City residence by March 19th or they will not be permitted to return until community spread has been contained. As individuals return to Little City from your home, their temperature will be taken and if they are symptomatic, we will not permit their return to Little City.

Effective immediately, in-person visits to our homes will not be permitted until further notice.  You should communicate with your loved one’s case manager to schedule phone or video conferencing visits.

Should a confirmed case be identified within a Little City residence, that individual will be quarantined.  At that time, all families will be notified about the arrangements made by Little City to contain the impact of the quarantine. More information on Little City’s containment strategy is forthcoming.

Issued 4/1/20- All Program Update

Gov. Pritzker has extended Illinois’ shelter in place through April 30th. Given these new guidelines, Little City’s programs and services have been updated. The possibility remains that closures will extend past April 30th, and we will keep you informed of any changes.

  • Residential — Individuals who are currently residing at Little City must remain at Little City through April 30th. Additionally, in-person visits to our homes will not be permitted through April 30th. Communication with your loved one is encouraged via phone or video conferencing visits, and you should facilitate those visits with the appropriate Case or Home Manager. Should you choose to pick up your loved one to stay with you at home, please be aware that they may not return to Little City until after April 30th. Once they return to Little City, their temperature will be taken and if they are symptomatic, we will not permit their return to Little City. This is to protect all staff and fellow residents who are in our care.Behavior Therapists will continue to assist with skill-acquisition activities in our homes through a continuity of care.Adults who live a more independent life must adhere to the state’s shelter-in-place mandate and are provided guidance and support for essential outings.
  • Community Day Services — All Lakeside, Countryside and Palatine Campus services including the Center for the Arts, Horticulture, Fitness & Recreation classes, Employee Development Services, etc. are suspended through April 30th. Additionally, Adult Community Day Services program leaders have adapted curriculum and developed routine based engagement schedules – these personnel will be providing enhanced supports to ensure continuation of life enrichment activities during the shelter in place order. Recreation personnel are implementing in-home exercise, health and wellness programming options.  
  • The ChildBridge Center for Education — Will remain closed through April 30th. The Center for Education will continue to provide e-learning materials for families to use, as well as in our children’s homes, during the time of typical school days.
  • Community Outings (off-campus) — Suspended through April 30th. Off-site essential outings including doctor visits permitted.
  • Foster Care Program and Home-Based Supports — Until further notice, Foster Care and In-Home Supports services will be conducted as virtual visits.
  • Aunt Martha’s and Center for Health & Wellness — Until further notice, only individuals with urgent health needs will be seen. Dental services and annual physicals are to be rescheduled. Tele-psychiatry is continuing as scheduled.
Issued 3/16/20- Program Update

As the situation surrounding COVID-19 has been escalating, important and immediate changes are taking place at Little City in order to protect those most vulnerable to COVID-19:

  • The ChildBridge Center for Education—Will be closed beginning Monday, March 16th and reopening March 31st (the possibility exists for an extended closure beyond March 31st)
  • Community Day Services (ALL Lakeside and Countryside services, and Palatine Campus services including the Center for the Arts, Horticulture, Fitness & Recreation classes, Employee Development Services, etc.)— With instruction from the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), community day services sites will be closed beginning Tuesday, March 17th  through April 15th (unless an extended closure is instructed.)
  • Community Outings (off-campus)—Suspended until further notice. Off-site doctor visits, family visits and essential outings permitted.
  • Employment Program—For participants who have jobs in the community, there are no changes unless employer has implemented changes or closures.
  • Residential— Limited to approved visitors only, and permission allowed for off-campus visits with parents and family. Given these uncertain times, we encourage families to not visit and we will facilitate video/phone calls. Should families choose to take their loved one home, we will continue to support those home visits. Adults who live a more independent life have the ability to come and go, with additional precautions and training implemented. Little City staff is providing guidance and support for independent adults to make safe decisions regarding their movements.
  • Foster Care Program and Home-Based Supports—At the moment, in home visits from Little City personnel continue to be allowed.

As COVID-19 continues to grow, we want you to know that we’re doing everything we can to help contain the virus and keep those in our care safe. Please be assured that further information will continue to be shared. We are in this together and greatly appreciate your support.

Issued 3/17/20- Health & Wellness Dental Office

The CDC has mandated that all dental offices close until the end of March, including Aunt Martha’s. All appointments will need to be rescheduled.

Resources

Little City is taking precautions and guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the CDC and state and federal agencies.

Here are some other resources to keep you, your family and our community safe:

WAYS TO HELP

As the COVID-19 virus continues to rapidly spread throughout the country, those at Little City are at a heightened risk. People with developmental and intellectual disabilities are more vulnerable in times of crisis. That is only amplified considering 60% of Little City adult residents are over the age of 50 and live in homes based in larger communities. Our caregivers work in the homes with our residents every day, providing the care and support that is needed. To meet the great need for implementing all the health, safety and preventative measures that are required, we desperately need your help, in a variety of ways.

DONATE

DONATE

Little City has always been dependent on the generosity of our supporters, and as fundraising events have been postponed as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the supports we offer will be at risk without additional donations. Donate today to help us during this Coronavirus crisis.

SHOP OUR LIST

SHOP OUR LIST

Because our individuals are spending more time in their homes, we are looking for certain items to support them. We’ve created a wish list on Amazon with items that are needed.

ADVOCATE

ADVOCATE

Push for funding for individuals with disabilities at a state and federal level. It is vital that you tell your representatives why increased funding makes a difference for our individuals and the people who care for them.

DONATE SUPPLIES

DONATE SUPPLIES

Donate cleaning supplies, gently used electronics, and more. Email donations@littlecity.org to coordinate.

SHOP ON AMAZON

SHOP ON AMAZON

Make a difference while you shop for essentials! Shop through smile.amazon.com and select Little City Foundation as your charity. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your purchases back to Little City. 

SEND CARE PACKAGES

SEND CARE PACKAGES

Our individuals need connection now more than ever! Send a care package with a card, activities, and more to 1760 W. Algonquin Rd. Palatine, IL 60067.