HOW COVID HAS AFFECTED THE ARC
The Arc of Butte County has been working tirelessly to serve our clients and their families while being faced with the challenges that accompany COVID-19 restrictions. All of Arc’s programs were impacted by the shutdown and some drastic changes have been made.
With safety being our utmost concern, The Arc has continued to support and advocate for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities while adhering to the ever-changing safety concerns brought forth by our community and state guidelines. Each program, as well as The Arc Store, has developed and implemented "Covid-19 Protocols" to prevent transmission of COVID-19 and will all follow a 'phased re-entry' plan based upon state guidelines.
Adult Day Program
Both the Chico and Oroville Adult Day Programs (ADP) have closed their on-site services with the shutdown, and instead, are providing virtual activities, classes, games, and socializing. Currently the ADP Instructors produce over 30 Zoom classes and activities each week. Our instructors lead exercise and yoga classes, a variety of art classes, music, and karaoke, Spanish and American Sign Language, cooking, and more. On-site Instructors have their temperature taken upon arrival, sanitize their hands regularly, and work with a mask. The Zoom productions allow us to limit the number of instructors being on premises at one time. The highlight though is the Zoom socializing that goes on during class and the distance socializing that takes place as our Instructors deliver prizes, supplies and finished projects to our ADP clients throughout Butte County. The Day Programs will most likely re-open for on-site activities when Butte County’s Covid-19 transmission rate decreases and holds at an acceptable level.
Family Support Program
Arc's Family Support Programs have been postponed until further notice.
Respite Care Services
Deemed an "essential service," the Respite Program continues to provide care for family members, both children and adults, who live at home. Our Respite workers provide more hours of service than before the shutdown as they assist families effected by school closures. Many Respite workers are now providing tutoring assistance to kids who are enrolled in online classes as well. Our Family Support Meetings and Saturday Rainbow of Kids Respite Services have been curtailed but will start up when gatherings are once again permitted.
Independent Living Skills (ILS)
Arc’s Independent Living Skills Program continues to provide services to our clients who are living on their own, as it is deemed an "essential service." We provide services via telephone and non-contact sessions. Our ILS instructors focus on the health and safety of our clients, working with them to develop sanitizing regimens and practicing safe behaviors such as social distancing. While clients and workers try to avoid community outings in general, we continue to assist with grocery delivery and medical appointments when necessary. This year’s round of local wildfires has again wreaked havoc on the lives of some of our clients and Instructors, yet we continue to provide uninterrupted ILS support thanks to our ILS Coordinators and dedicated Instructors.