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Dear Community Partners, Employees, and Clients:
COVID-19 (Corona Virus) is a very clear and present danger for our industry. Day programs have closed, key employees have lost their childcare, schools have closed and transportation have been cancelled. Amidst the crisis please know that On My Own is taking every precaution to ensure client and employee safety. Our team is preparing drills and already implementing safety measures, which include but are not limited to the following:
- Teaching health and safety precautions as suggested by CDC
- Implementing social distancing requirements
- Decreasing the number of people in gatherings while cancelling larger gatherings
- Ensuring we have emergency contact information for all clients and staff
- Implementing back up staffing options for clients in our SLS program
- Providing personal protective equipment and seeking more assistance from the Regional Centers
- Organizing remote work options for key positions
- Organizing geographic mapping for staffing coverage
In closing, please know we are doing everything within our power to protect our clients and employees. We are also implementing measures to have the least impact on our clients and employees. We are staying abreast of State/National bulletins; and will continue to post this information through our company intranet for employees.
Here are some key links for the latest news regarding COVID-19.
Be safe everyone.
On My Own Independent Living Services
(916) 726-0792 ext. 108
On My Own COVID19 Health and Safety Planning
The following is a summary of the safety precautions we have shared with employees and clients. This is derived from multiple sources from CDC, Dept. of Public Health and Regional Center guidance.
- Avoid making unnecessary trips into the community
- Try to maintain a 6 ft. distance between you and others
- Reschedule any unnecessary appointments
- Wash hands frequently
- Disinfect surfaces often
- Refrain from touching eyes, mouth, and face
- Cover mouth with arm when sneezing or coughing
- Refrain from using public transportation as much as possible
- Use protective equipment when providing personal care (gloves, masks)
- Do not be around others if you have the following symptoms: fever, cough, breathing issues
Other safety precautions our company has taken:
- Canceled all large training events
- Limited employee orientations, CPR, medication management trainings, to less than 10
- Providing personal protective equipment for key employees who provide personal care (as
we can locate the items)
- Allowing for some remote working options to reduce office staff
- Allowing for some increased video conferencing for client visits
- Disinfecting office surfaces regularly
- Providing disinfectant and cleaning supplies and toilet paper to all SLS client houses
- Tracking client and employee health conditions
- Ordering food and supplies for clients (as supplies come available)
- Working with the Regional Centers, State Agencies, and local vendors to share resources
- Staff provided with a digital badge for those who report to clients’ homes
- Video checks on medications via SLS Facilitators or Quality Assurance Trainer
- For SLS, adjusted schedules, shared staff, & increased alone time to deploy more employees
- All employees have been given the safety precautions by the CDC and this was also mailed to every home and safety precautions listed above
- Conference calls for team meetings to stay abreast of changes with clients and employees
- Executive Team is tracking changes daily and currently through company email and intranet
- CEO is sitting on many calls and statewide groups to stay abreast of changes and recommendations
Dear Clients, Families and Community Partners:
I just wanted to take this time to thank all of you for your support to On My Own. The word of mouth referrals and collaboration have allowed us to add new team members. Each person brings a fresh energy and new ideas. We are also pleased with the changes we have made within our departments and programs this year. I walk into the office every day and feel so blessed to have such a hardworking, fun and dedicated group of people who truly want the best for our clients and our employees. The culture here is like nothing I ever experienced before, and I owe that to all of you. We have been in business since 2001 and have employees now who have been with us 16-17 years! Our 15, 10 and 5 year Anniversary dinner is around the corner and we look forward to honoring all of you who have stuck with us this long. Great job!
As for company news, we decided to switch to a newer, more robust payroll system called ADP. It has been many months of team planning and strategizing but we should be up and running by the end of the year. This will be so nice for our employees to have access to their payroll information. In other news, On My Own Community Services is expanding into a new Vocational Day Program and our North Bay region is also adding vocational services which will include Job Development, Job Coaching, and Vocational Assessments. These programs should start by next year.
Lastly, we have several committees that meet regularly to address issues that impact our clients, employees, or the company. The committees are:
- Recruitment and Retention
I welcome ideas or suggestions you have for the committees.
Till next time, have a great rest of the year!
Dear Clients, Parents, Employees, and Community Partners:
Direct support professionals’ wages is this year’s hot topic. In April On My Own participated in a Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Summit sponsored by the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (NADSP). The summit included Executives from around the state and direct service professionals from each participating agency. The purpose of the summit was to garner political movement and strategies for California’s direct support professional work force.
We have one gaping discrepancy; the disability industry is literally unrecognized in the National Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Because our direct support professionals are not identifiable in the BLS reporting, it is difficult for our industry to fight for professional wages because there are no comparable positions. On My Own is committed to a yearlong planning group. We will be represented by myself, one of our managers, and two of our DSP’s. Our goal is to help develop strategic framework on how to professionalize our workforce in California.
I believe the Developmental/Intellectual Disability (DD/ID) system needs to become an attractive option for employees to establish a career path, similar to Nursing, Psychiatry, Education, and Social Work. These professions have entry level starting points, with an outlined educational path, career ladder, and continuing education requirements. We only want the same for our profession. To learn more about our movement, please feel free to contact me.