UPDATE: Cape Abilities Day Program Centers To Re-Open Monday, July 20, 2020

Filed in Blog by on July 10, 2020

Reopening of Day Program Centers

At this time, we are hopeful and excited to open our Day Program centers on Monday, July 20, 2020

This target re-opening date applies to our Day Habilitation, Employment and/or Community Based Day Supports (CBDS) programs at our Lyndon Center, Cochran Center and our Falmouth Center.

Cape Abilities is aligning its re-opening plans with the multi-phased reopening plans and guidelines set forth by the Office of Governor Baker and our related state agencies. We received the final guidelines on Thursday, July 9th and we are continuing our preparations to align with them.  In addition, we do not have final approval to resume our Transportation program until Monday, August 3, 2020, at best.

Our plan is to re-open at reduced capacity so that we can assure maximum participant safety aligns our day program guidelines and protocols with the most up-to-date guidelines and information for physical distancing as directed from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Controls and state and local agencies and officials. These will allow us to welcome back 19 of 100 (19%) of our participants in Lyndon Day Hab, 6 of 42 (14%) of our participants in Cochran Day Hab, 5 of 14 (36%) of our participants in Falmouth CBDS and 15 of 41 (37%) of our participants in Hyannis CBDS.

We understand that opening day program centers at limited capacity and not being able to provide transportation for two weeks for many of these individuals creates unmet needs for many of the individuals, families, and care givers we serve.  It is upon us to adapt and evolve our programming to meet that need; in our ongoing effort to do so, we will continue delivering online, virtual programming for participants that are not immediately able to physically attend Day Program at a center. In addition, we are designing an inclusive and innovative program model in hopes of delivering day program services to current participants in the community and at their residences.

We are in the process of calling all families/guardians/caregivers of Day Program participants to discuss if their loved one is able to attend programming at one of our Day Program centers. For individuals unable to attend programming at one of our Day Program centers, we will work with each individual in hopes of providing virtual, home and/or community-based programming.

If you have any questions regarding information about the Cape Abilities Reopening Plan, please contact Leah LaCross llacross@capeabilities.org.  For Day Habilitation specific questions, please contact Josephine Fennel at jfennel@capeabilities.org.  For CBDS or Vocational specific questions, please contact Jamie Crowell at  jcrowell@capeabilities.org.

Guidelines & Protocols for the Reopening of Day Programs

The health, safety and well-being of all day program individuals and staff is the top priority for reopening our program centers.  We will re-opening our programs with deliberate practices and protocols aligned with the most up-to-date guidelines as directed from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Controls and our state and local funding agencies and officials.  We want to provide you with these guidelines and protocols, so you can review them closely in advance of making any decisions about your loved one returning to a program center.

If you have any questions regarding these please contact Kathleen White kwhite@capeabilities.org or Michele Savini msavini@capeabilities.org

 

We will continue being as proactive and communicative as possible in this decision-making process,
to keep you updated and informed with our official information about Day Program reopening
and other information and updates for families, guardians and caregivers.

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