UPDATE # 8 April 7, 2020
In keeping with the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) HISway is recommending that anyone going out into the community (shopping, gas etc.) wear a face mask. We realize that masks may be hard to find so Kristen in CR8 will start making them for Participants and staff.
Our food shopping for the Participants is going very well and we ask our houses to please put your lists on our new shopping form. This form helps us ensure our shopping supports the menus and that everyone has plenty of health food.
UPDATE # 7 April 2, 2020
"Sheltering in Place" has been difficult on our Participants. In response to that, we have been taking measures to help minimize the angst, boredom and worry. This Friday (April 3, 2020) Ellen will be having a "Video Chat" with the Participants for all their questions and to help them stay connected to HISway.
We are also offering oportunities to our Participants for walks in their neighborhoods and excurions in the countryside.
Due to the Participant's travel restrictions into the populated community, HISway has been collecting the Participant's grocery list's and shopping for them. We continue to monitor their food stores and are ensuring they all have plenty of healthy food.
We also have been taking our Participant's to doctor's visits as appropriate and are having online "virtual sessions" with them when we can.
UPDATE # 6 March 25, 2020
To all of our Participants and Guardians. The DDA is still open and looking forward to regular in-house programming.
UPDATE # 5 March 25, 2020
All Parents and Guardians of our Participants will be receiving an Email invitation to a video "Update, Question and Answer" session with the HISway Administrator Ellen Hampton. The session will be on "Google Meet" and to join the session, follow the link in the email. There will be two sessions, the first is tonight (March 25, 2020) at 7:00 pm. The second session will be tomorrow (March 26, 2020) at 11:00 am. Please bring your questions and any concerns you may have.
UPDATE # 4 March 24, 2020
Due to the sporadic shortages and access to food and supplies, HISway is having individual Participants, supported by staff, conduct food inventories in their houses. We are closely monitoring each Participant to ensure they have enough food to go about their daily lives.
UPDATE # 3 March 23, 2020
In minimizing the possibility of COVID-19 (coronavirus) exposure, effective immediately, Participants are not to be transported by HISway staff to the community without Program Coordinator approval.
UPDATE # 2 March 20, 2020
In continuing our efforts to minimize our Participant's and Staff's exposure to COVID-19 we have limited our Program Coordinators to one House visit per day. We also have directed our staff to only take the Participants into the community when absolutely necessary (basic needs, food, supplies etc.).
We understand that staying home is not always fun and can cause issues in our population. One of our biggest attractions at our building is CR8. CR8 is well known for its arts, crafts and cooking. During this time we have cancelled CR8s operations. However, as a benefit to our Participants, Kristen will be bringing CR8 to the homes to provide opportunities for activities. She will be assisting with the activities and tailoring them to each individual home.
Cleaning activities in the homes have become a major focus as we assist our Participants to maintain their homes in a healthy, clean environment. Hand washing throughout the day has also become a frequent activity.
UPDATE #1 Mar 16, 2020
HISway has implemented preventative measures to help reduce the risk of the virus contagion.
From today until HISway has determined that it is no longer needed, access to the building will ONLY be through the main entrance (where the reception area is). There has been a hand wash station placed in front of the double doors and you are REQUIRED to wash your hands PRIOR to entering the building. The double doors will be locked and the Receptionist will let you in after she has verified that you have washed your hands.
Additionally, no one without permission from Ellen or Rob is allowed in Ellen's office. If you need to just talk with Ellen or Rob, the office sliding window is open that is adjacent to the waiting room. All Participants will utilize the sliding window outside of the building that opens to the office to communicate and obtain any items they may need.
All recreational activities in the building are temporarily postponed.
HISway is focused on health and safety for all of our Participants and Staff. Recognizing we are a 24/7 organization we must focus on staying healthy and wise concerning the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and what that means to our vulnerable population.
We will continue business as usual with an acute awareness of wellness. Any staff or Participant with a fever of 100 degrees or more will be advised to seek medical attention. Advise PC and Administration. We ask that staff that exhibit COVID-19 symptoms stay home.
All HISway events in the building will continue. There is hand sanitizer placed throughout the building for good hygiene. Hand washing should be a minimum of twenty-seconds. Please give participants the support they need to make that happen.
We don’t know how long this will last and our goal is that no staff will lose hours because of a home closing.
We are asking Parents and Guardians to give us a 48 hour notice when they are returning home. We will need time to get staffing back in place.
This will be updated regularly.
8590 W. Fairview Ave
Boise, ID 83622
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