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From the desk of Loraine C. Shea, President and CEO of Easterseals of Greater Waterbury

President, CEOLoraine C. Shea, President/CEO - Updated 7/10/2020

We hope everyone has been able to enjoy these summer months and the beautiful weather we are having in Connecticut. 

Our community continues to remain important to us and we wanted to provide updates as we continue to follow a phased approach to re-opening. We are following the CDC guidelines to prevent and reduce transmission among our employees and those we serve which includes:

We are excited to let everyone know that all of our Children’s Academies are open as well as the Children’s Center.  On July 15th, we will start to welcome back the individuals we serve at Employment and Community Services in Watertown and will continue to have the Zoom online learning sessions.  This will be a phased reopening and we hope to have all of our individuals back by October. 

We have opened all locations for the Center for Better hearing including Meriden, Waterbury and Southbury. 

Our Driver Assessment program in Meriden is now providing virtual and on the road assessments.   We will continue to offer virtual visits indefinitely for those who may having a hard time finding transportation to the program or who may live far away. 

At the Easterseals Medical Rehabilitation Center in Meriden, we have started to welcome new patients for PT and OT needs.  Our patients are still able to use Telemed if they request, but we are happy to report that our non-virtual weekly visits continue to increase.

We have also decided to move forward with the Easterseals Annual Golf Classic.  Of course, all appropriate safety precautions will be in place. The tournament will be held on September 22nd at the Watertown Golf Club.   If you are interested in playing or supporting Easterseals with a donation, please click on this link https://esgolfclassic20.eventbrite.com for more information.

Best in health

-Loraine


We hope all of you are staying safe and healthy as Connecticut starts to reopen.   Easterseals also continues to slowly and safely reopen directed by State  of Connecticut and CDC guidelines.  We are excited to announce the phased reopening of our Children’s Academies and Children’s Center.

On June 15th, we are reopening our Children’s Academy Meriden campus for enrolled children.  This will be followed by reopening the East Campus on June 22nd and West Campus on June 29th,, again, for enrolled children.  Also on June 29th, the Children’s Center will welcome back enrolled children into the center.

We have implemented safety protocols including:

We are also excited to announce that Employment and Community Services (ECS) has been conducting online sessions via ZOOM for the individuals we serve. This has made our individuals continue to feel connected to their peers while at home, learn new things,  and  enjoy fun activities while doing so.  ECS will also start to open in phases to the individuals we serve, starting July 15th.  We will keep our community and our program participants posted as we complete the reopening plan.

We hope everyone continues to stay safe and healthy. 

-Loraine


We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same, Easterseals’ commitment to your safety.

On May 20th, we will start to open our offices slowly and safely.  To begin we will see patients at the Center for Better Hearing and at our Medical Rehabilitation Facility in Meriden. We ask that you please be patient and understand that we will do our best to accommodate your scheduling needs as we know many of you are eager  to get back into our office.

During this time, we have implemented additional safety precautions to help protect our patients and staff.

 

We hope these measures offer you reassurance that we have your health and safety as our top priority.  Welcome back!  We look forward to seeing you.


To the members of our loyal community:

Thank you to everyone that has continued to support Easterseals during this time.  We hope that you, your family and loved ones are in good health.

Even though we are facing uncertainty, we know one thing for sure; Easterseals will always be there for our community.  We may not be in our physical space, but we can still provide you with resources and the services you need. We are abiding by the Governor’s stay safe, stay home order and until that is lifted we will do as much as we can to serve you remotely.

Here is our latest update regarding our programs and services:

Center for Better Hearing – Dr. Burton and her staff are here to serve you! Care will be provided via tele communication where possible. If you have an urgent issue and need to reach your Doctor, please call  203-754-5141  and leave a message.  Messages will be monitored throughout the day and will be answered promptly. Click this link for more information.

Medical Rehabilitation (PT,OT, Speech Therapy) is  currently seeing established patients via telehealth.  For more information and to make an appointment with your therapist, please call 203.630.2208

Driver Assessment and Lions Low Vision will remain closed.

Occupational Therapy for Wallingford School District- Services are being conducted remotely via Google Classroom

 

Birth to Three Program – We are currently serving families and children by using a via telehealth.  Birth to Three services are open for evaluations too

 If you have concerns with regards to your child’s adaptive (self-help), social-emotional, communication, motor, or cognitive (play) skills you can make a referral through either of the two options listed below:

 

Children’s Academies/Children’s Center- The Children’s Center will open the week of 4/27 for current Easterseals students who are children of parents that are essential employees.    Call 203.754.5141 for more information or email Cindy Pirro at CPirro@eswct.com

 

Employment and Community Services- Will remain closed to the individuals we serve.  Our employees are still providing essential cleaning services for the State of CT and other essential business/infrastructure functions until further notice. Easterseals staff are also conducting daily wellness checks on the individuals we serve to make sure they are healthy, and inquire if there are any needs that we can assist with. 

 

 

Greenery Café  – Will remain closed until further notice as per the Governor’s order for restaurants. We plan to resume operations as soon as we can.  If you need to contact us, we are working remotely and are here to answer any questions you may have.  You can reach us at 203-754-5141.

 


After very careful review of the Governor’s latest executive order we have made the decision to close services except for those determined to be of a critical nature. The Governor’s order is in effect until April 22, 2020 or until further notice.  It is important that we play our part in stopping the spread and flattening the curve and to do this we need to heed the orders.  If we all do our part, perhaps we will come out of this sooner than expected. 

Specific Program information is noted below

 

Center for Better Hearing – Dr. Burton and her staff are here to serve you! Care will be done via tele communication where possible. If you have an urgent issue and need to reach your Doctor, please call  203-754-5141  and leave a message.  Messages will be monitored throughout the day and will be answered promptly. All appointments that had to be cancelled will be rescheduled.  Click this link for more information.

 

Medical Rehabilitation (PT,OT, Speech Therapy, Drivers Assessment) will be closed until further notice

 

Occupational Therapy for Wallingford School District- Services are being conducted remotely

 

Birth to Three Program – Our staff will be serving families and children by using a web based portal

 

Children’s Academies/Children’s Center- Will remain closed until further notice

 

Employment and Community Services- Will remain closed to the individuals we serve.  Our employees are still providing essential cleaning services for the State of CT and other essential business/infrastructure functions until further notice.

 

Greenery Café – Will remain closed until further notice

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we do our best to continue to serve you.

 

-Loraine


First and foremost- my best wishes are being sent to all of you during this incredible time.  We are all experiencing a  situation that is unprecedented and one that we have never seen in our lifetime.  We are all trying to navigate our environment either at home, at work and within our communities and this can be difficult and stressful.   We are making decisions daily that are impacting the health and safety of our organization, our employees and those we serve.  Each decision is made based on the best information we have at the time and with consideration of numerous factors.

The following is a list of procedures we have put into place to minimize exposure and direct contact with those we serve and each other whenever possible:

 

As I have already noted, this is an extraordinary time for all of us.  Please reach out with questions and keep yourself informed by checking for updates regularly. Also, please take care of yourselves!

 

Warm regards,

Loraine


Easterseals of Greater Waterbury earns Three-Year CARF Accreditation

 

CARF (Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) International announced that Easterseals of Greater Waterbury has been accredited for a period of three years for its Community Employment Services: Employment Supports, Community Employment Services: Job Development, Employment Planning Services, Single Discipline Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs (Adults), and , Single Discipline Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs (Children and Adolescents) programs. Easterseals continues a 30+ year history of being accredited. This latest accreditation is the most recent consecutive Three-Year Accreditation that the international accrediting body, CARF, has given to Easterseals of Greater Waterbury.

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be given to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality. 

For 60 years, Easterseals of Greater Waterbury has offered programs and services to over 30 cities and towns throughout Connecticut. 
Throughout the Greater Waterbury, Central and Northwest CT communities, we strive to provide a broad network of services including school readiness education, early intervention, rehabilitation services, behavioral therapy services, vocational services and audiology services. These services assist children, adults and their families to live, learn, work and play as integral members of the community.
CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.

For additional information, contact Mark Briggs
 at 203-236-0188. 


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