Apr 22, 2020

Forming Partnerships

Many people with developmental disabilities look forward to a familiar pace of leaving their homes each day for jobs in the community, employment transition services, adult day services, and social interaction with their friends. COVID-19 disrupted all of that.

Easterseals recognized early on that many of the people it serves would be missing critical supports, so they partnered with Ohio Valley Residential Services to bring adult day programming into group homes around Cincinnati.

Employees fill activity boxes with art supplies, games and projects to keep residents engaged and their spirits up. They’re also finding time to make new connections with residents, including one who spent most of his time watching TV. “His DSP found he had an interest in guitar so they started doing jam sessions,” said Michael Beauchat, marketing communications manager.

Other creative ideas include a card game while practicing hand hygiene and learning about keeping surfaces clean, or taking a walk to enjoy the weather while also learning about social distancing. Residents also had fun making signs to spell out lyrics to Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” 

“We have ongoing and daily communication, and we have enjoyed the positive energy we’ve had from staff and all involved,” said Chrissy Perkins, director of community integration services.
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