Jim Allbaugh, President & CEO of Carey Services, discusses the agency’s phased reopening that begins June 1. In the video, he explains the many details that go into each of the plan’s three phases and how those details will impact facility-based operations in coming days.
Carey Services will begin a phased reopening of facility-based services on June 1. Programming suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic will reopen in three phases, assuming local health conditions continue on a positive trend.
The June 1 reopening of Marion day-services programming will be for a group of individuals served who are not in COVID-19 high-risk groups. The second reopening phase will begin June 15 for increased numbers of individuals served. The third phase will begin on June 29 and will include individuals served in potential high-risk groups and the reopening of Early Head Start programming. All reopening phases include strict daily health screening, social-distancing and disinfecting protocols.
Specifics of the reopening plan are available in our Reopening Timeline and Safety Expectations document you can download here. You also can find our archive of COVID-19-related information by clicking here.
There is no higher agency priority than the health and safety of the individuals we serve, and employees who work, at Carey Services as we continue to navigate through the current pandemic with COVID-19. The extraordinary care being taken with this situation by our direct support professionals, Early Head Start home visitors and teachers, and all of the passionate people at Carey Services is unmatched.
The Carey Services board of directors, leadership team, and safety committee members continue to pay close attention to what is happening with COVID-19 in Indiana, and more specifically, closer to home in Grant, Blackford, Cass, Wabash, and other counties where we provide services. Carey Services continues to monitor updates from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), the Grant County Health Department, and other local health departments in counties where we provide care. A team of emergency management experts at Carey Services is meeting daily to assure the safety of those we serve and those we employ. Employees, family members, individuals served, and key stakeholders are being routinely kept informed of actions being taken to help assure health and safety at Carey Services.
Thus far, Carey Services has aggressively and proactively taken preventative steps regarding visitation and travel. We have identified safe healthy practices, and we have implemented symptom management and evaluation for all who are involved in our services. We are diligently aware of those we serve who are in the “high-risk” categories according to CDC, and extra care is being taken for those individuals. Support is being offered to employees in this unprecedented situation, and our team is taking very serious the need to be diligent during these times.
Questions or comments about the response Carey Services is taking to COVID-19 can be directed to Jim Allbaugh, president/CEO at firstname.lastname@example.org or 765.668.8961 (ext. 102).
For years, Black Friday has been a national obsession.
With the rise of online shopping, Cyber Monday (the Monday after Black Friday) has become one of the biggest shopping days of the year.
Recently, a new trend called Giving Tuesday has begun growing to provide people a chance to donate their time, talents and treasure as the holiday season opens.
Carey Services will part of the Nov. 29th Giving Tuesday observance. As you think about how you might give on that day, consider the many opportunities you have to connect with Carey Services and the work we do to help people with disabilities turn abilities and barriers into opportunities.
One of the newest ways we create opportunities is through a new program that allows clients to express themselves artistically. We have a dedicated art studio where clients paint, sew and build items that allow them to be creative and express themselves in their own individual way. Many of the items they produce also are assembled into larger collaborative art pieces. Your Giving Tuesday gift to Carey Services will help our clients express themselves more than they have been able to before.
You could donate money to help with art supplies, or you could donate you time and talent to help provide our clients new artistic ideas and additional hands to bring their ideas to fruition. Or let us know if you have ideas on how you would like to connect with us.
You can donate online here.
You can find more information about Giving Tuesday here.
Carey Services recently received a grant from the Blackford County Community Foundation to buy sensory equipment for the Hartford City Day Services Center.
The foundation awarded the agency nearly $2,900 to buy equipment for a sensory integration room in the day center in downtown Hartford City. The equipment will help center staff members better work with clients in a specific setting designed to help them work on those skills in an optimal environment. The new equipment will help clients work on communication skills and fine-motor and gross-motor skills, among other things. Those skills are part of each client’s personalized plan to become more integrated into daily community activities.
“We are very appreciative that the foundation is providing funding for us to provide increased services to the people we serve in Blackford County,” said James Allbaugh, Carey Services’ president and chief executive officer. “The award fits perfectly with the agency’s vision of helping all people, regardless of their abilities and barriers, to be equally valued members of the community.”
The Hartford City Day Services Center is open Monday through Friday. It serves people in Blackford and surrounding counties. For more information, call (765) 667-0368.