Coronavirus updates

We are closely monitoring the coronavirus pandemic as it continues to escalate, and are taking the necessary steps and precautions to prevent and contain the spread of disease.

Donate to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund Now!

If you would like to make a pledge, please contact Marguerite Kraftson at mkraftson@elwyn.org. You can mail checks to:
Elwyn Development Office, 111 Elwyn Road, Elwyn, PA 19063

Click here to view a new message, 4/22/20, from Chuck McLister, President & CEO of Elwyn.

We have launched the COVID-19 Emergency Fund to help with our immediate needs during this crisis and beyond like providing additional sanitization stations for workers, tools and technology to make sure our vulnerable population doesn’t experience negative impacts from isolation, and purchasing food, supplies, and equipment such as large refrigeration units to help us maintain supply chain services. Funds may also be available to support and inspire our extraordinary staff during this difficult time as they make the decision to leave their homes and their families to care for their Elwyn families.

Thank you for your support during these unprecedented times!
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Please know we are keeping the health and safety of our entire community at the forefront of our decision-making; our actions to date and in the future are informed by guidance from the CDC and with our most vulnerable populations in mind. 

Click on each category below for specific information.

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DIY Facemasks

DIY Facemasks

The latest guidance states people should wear cloth masks in public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Here are several options to learn how to make your own: 

  1. Click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPx1yqvJgf4&feature=youtu.be
  2. Handy with a needle and thread? You may want to give this a try: 

What is happening at Elwyn

What’s happening at Elwyn? 

  • Elwyn has instituted a ban on all visitation with rare exception. 
  • Essential health care personnel must pass a strict health screening process. 
  • We are actively screening all residents and staff for fever, shortness of breath, new or change in cough, and sore throat. 
  • Mandatory temperature monitoring.
  • Social distancing is in full force, no hand-shaking, hugging, 6 feet distance between all individuals. 
  • Sanitization and hygiene standards are paramount to our organization, and have therefore increased in intensity and protocol. All homes, sites, and locations are cleaned with EPA approved disinfectants.
  • All programs and residences are stocked with food, supplies, equipment, and medicines. 
  • To ensure consistency in care and support, we are planning for staff emergencies.
  • Closure of all education and school programs.
  • Closure of all IDD day programs.
  • Limited Early Intervention Services (Preschool):

    • During the school closure period, Early Intervention Services (Preschool) may continue using the Tele-Intervention option. Please note that the ELS Early Intervention calendar has been revised effective 3/27/2020. The calendar revision stipulates that Elwyn ELS will be in session Monday, April 6th to Thursday, April 9th. Please be advised that ELS is closed on Friday, April 10, 2020. Limited services to children and families will resume on Monday, April 13, 2020. 

      Referrals are currently being accepted at: (215) 222 8054.

    • Please see link to sites providing food for children and families who may be experiencing food insecurity during the closures in Philadelphia. The feeding sites are open to all. Parents may stop by and pick up food, or children that are old enough are permitted to pick up. Identification is not required. The sites will be pick up and go, cannot eat on site: https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-14-find-free-meals-and-safe-spaces-for-students-while-schools-are-closed/
  • See our FAQ’s here.

 

Please contact your specific program director with any questions or for more information. 

Health Resources

For additional information about COVID-19 (coronavirus), please visit:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

https://www.apple.com/covid19/

New CDC Symptom Checker:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/index.html

Interactive Map:
This interactive map gives locations and information about food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

New app by Apple dedicated to COVID-19 screening:
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1504132184

The app includes an online screening tool, information about the disease, and some guidance on when to seek testing or emergency care. Developed in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the White House.

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance

Public Resources + Small Business Loans
The following resources offer a full list of public health, community, and business resources.
Philadelphia Councilperson Jamie Gauthier’s has published a comprehensive list, “COVID-19 Information from the Office of Councilmember Jamie R. Gauthier, 3rd District,” with many local health, legal, social, and financial resources and contact information. 

State Senator Art Heywood has provided this resource with the following information:
Business Assistance + Loans
Governor Wolf has asked the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide Economic Injury Disaster Loans for eligible Pennsylvania businesses and non-profits. Details on how to apply will be established once the governor’s request is granted. For more information, call the SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or email them at disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.   

Low interest loans up to $100,000 for small businesses and nonprofits through The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) are available. For more information on this program and other COVID-19 business resources, visit: https://dced.pa.gov/resources/

The Philadelphia Commerce Department’s Office of Business Services is available at 215-683-2100 for business-related questions.

Activity ideas

Activity Ideas 

Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities https://www.highlightskids.com/

Fave kids books read by famous people https://www.storylineonline.net/

Crafts, activities, mazes, dot to dot, etc, https://www.allkidsnetwork.com/

Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/…/learnathome.html

80+ do at home science activities https://elementalscience.com/…/n…/80-free-science-activities

For students to practice and master whatever they are learning. https://quizlet.com/

Kid-friendly workouts — choose from Strength for Kids, Agility for Kids, Flexibility and Balance for Kids, Warm-Up for Kids, Cooldown for Kids, Stand Up and Move for Kids, OR create your own custom kid workout. https://app.sworkit.com/collections/kids-workouts

Online digital coloring pages https://www.thecolor.com/

Farmer's almanac for kids... Date, weather, moon phase, etc. https://www.almanac.com/kids

Math Games, Logic Puzzles and Brain Builders https://www.mathplayground.com/

No need to travel to one of the Smithsonian’s zoos or museums — this website brings your child everything from live video of the National Zoo to the Smithsonian Learning Lab right to their screen https://www.si.edu/kids

Crafts, projects, science, recipes for young children https://www.funology.com/

Online photograph jigsaw puzzles You can set the pieces from 6-1000+ https://www.jigsawexplorer.com/

This interactive website, hosted by the U.S. Government Publishing Office, allows your child to see the ins and outs of the U.S. government by taking a series of learning adventures with none other than Benjamin Franklin. https://bensguide.gpo.gov/

This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals. https://climatekids.nasa.gov/

12 Famous Museums Offering Virtual Tours:  https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours?fbclid=IwAR2I3LlT6egdbgTWxrye4ePQ-XpADTAWAArCnXQ8SNodbA-ykpgvmUls6BI

BroadwayHD Is Letting You Watch Your Favorite Musicals For Free — For a Limited Time https://www.broadwayhd.com/

Get an insider’s look at the Zoo during Philly Zoo at 2 Facebook Live series and virtually meet and interact with amazing animals and staff every weekday at 2:00 p.m https://www.facebook.com/philadelphiazoo/

Free Resources and Information

Free Resources and Information

Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) has put together an online Toolkit with resources for children and families. These resources include information on how to access our Helpline to sign up for Medicaid and CHIP, where immigrant families can find safe and free healthcare, what to do if your landlord is attempting to evict you, and an awesome Arts at Home resource page for parents and kids. Many other resources are also available on the site. Please see below for more specific information on evictions and health insurance, and please check out the entire site at www.pccy.org/covid

https://aidinpa.org/AID in PA is a resource collection for Pennsylvanians in the autism and intellectual disability communities. A joint effort between ASERT (Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training) and the statewide HCQUs (Health Care Quality Units), this site is designed to connect individuals with disabilities, families, professionals, and community members with resources that can best serve them in emergency situations. Current resources focus on the ongoing COVID-19 crisis; however, this site can be adapted to for other challenges facing the community.

Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times Full Packet

Internet providers offering free WiFi during coronavirus: https://www.nydailynews.com/coronavirus/ny-coronavirus-internet-providers-free-wifi-20200315-6k7pzukriffdfcic5odfizmnri-story.html

You can get free Spectrum internet for 60 days if you live in a household with a K-12 or college student: https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-free-spectrum-internet-wifi-offer-student-households-promotion-2020-3

Here’s how to try every major streaming service for free during the coronavirus quarantine. How to get the best free trials for Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, and more: https://www.fastcompany.com/90477701/heres-how-to-try-every-major-streaming-service-for-free-during-coronavirus-quarantine

500 Free Online Courses From Ivy League Schools: https://www.classcentral.com/collection/ivy-league-moocs

Jamm, an audio-visual communication tool used by remote and distributed teams is offering it free of charge: https://jamm.app/en/

Adobe is giving higher education and K-12 institutional customers of their Creative Cloud apps the ability to request temporary “at-home” access for their students and educators. This is being granted through May 31, 2020 at no additional cost and is available globally: https://theblog.adobe.com/adobe-enables-distance-learning-globally-schools-impacted-covid-19/

WEconnect and Unity Recovery have partnered together to offer four daily online recovery meetings to anyone in the world. Meetings will follow an open format and are available to anyone in or seeking recovery: https://unityrecovery.zoom.us/j/2656499375

As more festivals, performances and concerts are canceled due to the coronavirus shutdown, musicians of all stripes and sizes are taking to social and streaming platforms to play live for their fans. NPR Music is compiling a list of live audio and video streams from around the world, categorized by date and genre, with links out to streaming platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Some will require registration or a subscription, but most will be free: https://www.npr.org/2020/03/17/816504058/a-list-of-live-virtual-concerts-to-watch-during-the-coronavirus-shutdown

LinkedIn is opening up 16 of its learning courses for free. Courses that provide tips on how to stay productive, build relationships when you’re not face-to-face, use virtual meeting tools and balance family and work dynamics in a healthy way: https://www.linkedin.com/learning/paths/remote-working-setting-yourself-and-your-teams-up-for-success

Check out these virtual workout classes and stay healthy and active at home:

  • Unite Fitness (@unitefitness) will email you exercises to do with weights along with a Spotify playlist
  • Tuck Barre and Yoga (@tuckbarreyoga) is hosting free live-streamed barre and yoga classes each day in the morning, afternoon and evening via Facebook
  • Burn Boot Camp (@burnbootcamp) is offering daily workouts via Instagram, Facebook and YouTube
  • Movement Source Pilates (@movementsourcepilates) is posting workouts on their Instagram account via IGTV
  • Bria Method (@briamethod) is live streaming strength training, barre, yoga and PyroPilates workouts daily on Facebook
  • The best part of my job is having fun with the consumer. I can teach them about science, art, cooking, music, and more.

    Thuy Nelson

    Program Instructor, CA
    Thuy Nelson
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