We are grateful to the team of volunteers at University at Albany for making and donating 3D printed face shields to Living Resources’ front line workers. The University’s College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC) and College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) joined forces in late March to create these medical grade face shields. They are joined by an ever growing number of community volunteers who assist with the assembly and packaging of this much needed personal protection equipment (PPE). Charles Schramm, OTR/L who works in our Certified Home Health Care Agency (CHHA) learned that UAlbany was making [...]
They say “necessity is the mother of invention” but it is also the mother of accomplishment. Donna Adams reached out to tell us about Super Heroes Kim and Brigette from our Rensselaer County Day Community Opportunities Program, who spend time working with her son Nathan via the phone every day. Now, talking on the phone may not be an extraordinary feat for most people, but Nathan has had a strong reluctance to using the phone his whole life. Then COVID – 19 came along, forcing us to use various technologies to connect with the outside world while we are in a state [...]
Meet Stephen, one of the newest members of our Ulster County Day Community Opportunities Program. Stephen is non verbal and although he attends DCOP's daily zoom conferences, he could not join in conversation with his peers. So the instructors thought outside the box to create a platform that Stephen could participate in. Instructor Cassie Stevens led an art workshop drawing members of the police with assistance from staff Jason Wilson. This gave Stephen the opportunity to truly be a part of the group. His mother forwarded this picture to show how happy and engaged he was throughout the entire session as well as the art he [...]
Education doesn’t stop after graduation, it is forever. Living Resources offers a Transitions program for our graduates so they can continue working on their daily living skills and remain as independent as possible. Some of the goals they work on include communicating with peers, engaging with community, and participating in healthy living activities such as exercise and cooking. Typically, these lessons take place in person, but they have temporarily shifted to virtual platforms such as Zoom. Each week, staff check in with participants to make sure that they are challenged, engaged, and doing well. It’s also an opportunity for the grads [...]
Friday is Game Day at #LivingResources! Every week, our Clinical Services department has been hosting virtual games including Jeopardy and BEAT SHAZAM. For anyone who doesn’t know about BEAT SHAZAM, it’s an interactive music game where the players listen to a few seconds of a song and then guess the song name when given multiple choice options. They even get bonus points if they can name the artist. Everyone enjoys dancing and singing along to the clips, proving that laughter is great for the mind and spirit!
While New York is on Pause, Diana Halstead, College Experience and CareerNext Admissions Coordinator developed a new class for our students to attend virtually. Diana has a sociology degree and students had requested a photography class. With the help of internet resources, Diana was able to combine both subjects to launch a unique class called, "Selfie Photography" that the students are taking through Zoom while home with their families. To keep students engaged in learning, Diana provides activities and encourages students to make a hobby out of taking photographs during their free time. There are lively discussions about social media and [...]
“Focus on the possibilities for success, not on the potential for failure.” — Napoleon Hill Stuck at home when you’re used to being out and about? That’s a common theme these days, but there’s no reason to be bored. House manager Sandi Stevens said her residents are used to going to their day programs, but that is not possible in this new environment of being on PAUSE. Therefore, they have shifted their focus to activities within the house. The activities she provides are numerous, including arts and crafts, puzzles, word games, cooking, BINGO, and scavenger hunts. Sandi said her goal is [...]
What have you been doing lately? What does your #quarantine look like? We have asked some of our College Experience Students and Alumni and they have some great answers – and some advice for the rest of us. Amy Maiorano - We have been spending more time together since we cannot leave the house. We have been relaxing, and I have been helping out by being independent at home by doing chores. My family and I have been hiking at Lakeside Park in Pawling, NY. We did Paint N’ Sip at my house and my sister took [...]