Aspire’s Response to Coronavirus

Updated as of March 26, 2020 – At Aspire, we continue to closely monitor communications from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and government agencies to stay on top of the evolving situation with coronavirus.

 

To make it as easy as possible, please find the most up-to-date information on precautions Aspire is taking here. We’ll keep you updated.

Because the health and well-being of our participants, team members, volunteers and community is our highest priority at Aspire, we are putting into effect a number of practices to be even more vigilant in our preventative strategies.

In accordance with Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) directives, Aspire’s day programs will pause through April 15, 2020. Locations pausing services are our Weinberg Career Academy/Litt location in Hillside, Aspire Living Life Enrichment in Hillside, Derby location in Westchester, and the Aspire Killian Center services in Zion. Folks who live in our community homes will stay home. Day services team members will be reassigned to assist at our community homes.

We continue to train and remind team members on safe and hygienic program practices. This is an important preventative measure beyond our typical annual training and weekly team reminders. We will also use the time our program buildings are empty to perform a thorough cleaning.

Whenever and wherever possible, we will assign team members to only work in one singular location (i.e. community home) and with the same people. There are instances when this is not possible, and so we make every effort to minimize the number of locations and people a team member supports. We see this as a social distancing best practice.

To better monitor the health of our community home residents, we’re now taking temperatures four times a day. If there is a temperature above 100.4 degrees, or other symptoms, our team will be reporting that to their doctor immediately to get further instructions. We’ll also be taking the temperature of our team members when they arrive at work at the community home. If any employee has a temperature above 100.4 degrees or other symptoms, they will be advised to go home immediately for self-care and will not return to work without being symptom free or clearance from a doctor.

Aspire community homes now have a no-visitor policy, which extends to families picking up their loved one and visiting at home.  If you are a family member, feel this this may be too difficult for your loved one and want to take them for an extended visit, they will need to stay home until at least April 15. In these situations, we are happy to help you make arrangements. Please contact your Life Consultant. This critical measure minimizes interactions and therefore reduces the risk of your family member getting the virus, as well as other community home residents that live with them.

Aspire is strictly limiting trips. All of our community home residents are staying home to limit their chance of exposure. Community home residents will still leave for essential medical services and return home. For example, if a community home resident needs to go to their doctor or hospital. In cases like returning home from the hospital or any case where a community home resident may have been at higher risk of exposure, even if it’s unlikely, we are taking extra precautions and treating it as if they were exposed to the virus. We’ll be closely monitoring that person’s health while they self-isolate. While providing top notch care, our dedicated team members take extra precautions with personal protective equipment and intense cleaning. Once a team member works in a home where someone potentially had exposure, they are strictly limited to only working at only that house to avoid possible exposure of others. We’re being extra careful here.

We need your help to keep our Aspire community safe and well!

  • Help us stay well by practicing and encouraging regular hand washing, using your arm to cover a cough and staying home when you are sick.
  • If you have had contact at Aspire or someone at Aspire AND… If you or anyone in your family has tested positive for coronavirus or been notified that there is a coronavirus exposure, we ask you notify Aspire’steam immediately.

Again, we are monitoring our status and guidance from the CDC regularly and continue to discuss options for responses in preparation as the situation evolves. Above all, rest assured that we are staying vigilant.

Thank you for helping us create a community of health and wellness. We will continue to keep you updated as needed. If you have questions, please reach out to:

  • For families, please reach out to your life consultant.
  • For team members, please reach out to your supervisor or your respective Vison Team leader: Becky Jackson,Chief Program Strategy Officer, Herb Washington,Chief Innovation Officer, Sharon Lawrence, Chief People Officer,  Serena Alaily, Chief Financial Officer, and Dina Donohue, Chief Mission Officer.
  • For volunteers, please reach out to Kelli Hlavach.
  • For vendors and partners, please reach out to your regular contact.
  • For general inquiries, please reach out to Maggie Hassler.

Please stay strong, stay well, and stay kind. Remember, together, we’re better.

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