August 1st Update
To the individuals and families served by Easterseals:
Thank you for your support as we navigate through the prolonged impact of COVID-19 on the services provided by Easterseals. We are continuing to work with our State agency partners on the planning and timing of the reopening of Easterseals services that have been suspended due to the pandemic. As noted in previous updates, we are exercising great caution in following strict guidelines on reopening because of the vulnerability of some of the people we serve.
For information on specific services and details on how we are preparing for reopening, please read below:
Status of Easterseals Services:
Preparations for Reopening Suspended Services:
As we are preparing to reopen suspended services, we are taking aggressive steps to make sure services are as safe as possible for the people we serve and our staff, including:
Again, we thank you for your patience and support throughout this difficult time. We look forward to a time when all Easterseals services are fully operational and we can welcome everyone back.
June 23 Update
Let’s face it. We all are looking forward to putting COVID-19 behind us and returning to our regular routine. That’s especially the case for our Easterseals individuals and families whose services have been suspended.
Unfortunately, at this time, we still do not have a concrete date when we can safely resume suspended services. Although other sectors of the State have been given the green light for reopening, the fact that the population we serve may be more vulnerable than other citizens means we must follow more strict guidelines.
Utilizing the guidelines provided through the State, we are currently implementing the necessary steps to reopen suspended services when it is safe to do so.
Here are some of the things we are doing to help assure that our services are as safe as possible for the people we serve and our staff:
We will communicate a date for reopening as soon as it is available so families can prepare. As always, Easterseals’ top priority is that our services be as safe as possible for the people we serve and our staff once our programs resume. We are looking forward to that day!
June 1 Update
We know families whose services were suspended are anxious to know when these programs will be reopening. Unfortunately, at this time, we do not have a concrete date when this will occur. We are mindful that people with disabilities may be more vulnerable than other citizens and are carefully considering the steps that must be taken to reopen when we have the clearance from the State to do so. We are in the process of carefully developing procedures to help assure a safe opening including things like:
As always, the health and safety of our participants and their families is our top priority, and we will be sure to alert you when we have an update.
May 15 Update
We want to update you on the current status of services at Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore. As you may know, while some Easterseals services have been able to safely continue despite COVID-19, others had to be suspended. Our last communication indicated that our facility-based programs would remain closed at least until May 15th or until the public health threat is eliminated and additional guidance is released. While some businesses are moving toward reopening, we recognize that the people with disabilities that we serve may be more vulnerable than other citizens. Because of that concern, Easterseals is extending our facility-based program closures until such time that we can safely resume services. We want to reopen all services as soon as we can safely do so and we will contact each of our families when we have a reopening date to ensure that you are aware. Until that time, we will continue to evaluate the circumstances and take the necessary steps to prepare for a safe return for all participants.
For information on specific services, please see below:
This is a challenging time for our families and staff and we want to thank you for your continued support. As always, the safety and health of the families we serve and our staff are Easterseals’ top priorities as we make decisions on when fully to reopen services.
Because we miss the children and adults who receive our services, we put together this video with a message to all of our families. We hope you enjoy it and we hope to see you soon!
March 26 Update
We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during this unprecedented time. Since our initial announcement of the suspension of some Easterseals services, the governors of Delaware and Maryland have announced increased restrictions to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. Governor Carney’s stay-at-home order and closure of non-essential businesses began on March 24th and will remain in effect until May15th or until the public health threat is eliminated. Governor Hogan also has closed non-essential businesses effective on March 24th.
It’s important to underscore again that the safety and health of the families that we serve and our staff continues to be Easterseals’ top priority.
As per the guidance of the Governor’s executive order, Easterseals facilities, and any service that occurs within our facilities has been suspended. This includes all adult day programs, which will be closed until May 15 or until additional guidance is released. We hope we are able to resume services sooner, but want our families to be able to plan for the long term as needed.
We are pleased to say that our Children's Therapy Services are now able to deliver therapy to our families through tele-medicine to prevent a lengthy break in their therapy treatment plan.
Clients receiving services through Easterseals Personal Attendant Services continue without interruption.
Easterseals is continuing to provide Individual Supported Employment Services for participants who have not been laid-off by their community employers.
Camp Fairlee Summer Sessions continue as planned. April Respite Weekends have been canceled.
In an effort to support our families, our Community Outreach Program still is able to share important community resources that may help you through this trying time. You can reach them by calling 302-221-2087. If you call any Easterseals location and receive a recorded message, please leave a detailed message and someone will respond as soon as possible. You also can email us at our general email mailbox (email@example.com) as it is monitored daily. In addition, here’s a link to a wide range of resources that might be helpful to you at this time.
We know this is a challenging time for our families and staff and we want to thank you for your understanding. We want to re-open all services as soon as we can safely do that. We will continue to evaluate the situation as it evolves and alert you to any updates.
Please know that everyone at Easterseals remains fully committed to the individuals and families we serve. We are confident that, together, we will come through this difficult time stronger and wiser than ever before.
March 16 Update
In light of recent announcements by the governors of both Delaware and Maryland and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to contain COVID-19, Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore has made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend certain services starting March 18th and returning April 6th in order to limit group settings. We will continue to evaluate the situation as it evolves and alert you to any updates to this plan.
Because people with disabilities are at a higher risk for getting sick from COVID-19, we want our families and staff to know that our goal is to keep people safe and healthy. We reached this decision after careful consideration of its impact on all of our families and community partners. This situation continues to change on a day-to-day basis and we believe it is vitally important that we use an abundance of caution.
The following Easterseals services in Delaware and Maryland will be temporarily suspended:
The following Easterseals services will not be suspended at this time:
We sincerely regret that this decision will be disruptive to the families we serve, other community partners, and our staff. Having to suspend services to the children and adults with disabilities that we serve is very distressing to the dedicated staff of Easterseals, however, we believe this is an appropriate step to take at this time.