Envision Unlimited has implemented the following procedures to respond to the current COVID-19 Emergency. These procedures are based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,  Illinois Department of Human Services, Chicago Department of Public Health, and Illinois Department of Public Health and are subject to change as new information becomes available.  

Agency Wide Precautionary Measures

  • We will require the use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including mandatory face masking at all times.
  • We will follow guidelines for capacity requirements based on City of Chicago limits.
  • We will require social distancing be maintained as much as possible.
  • Depending on the program we will require symptom screening and temperature checks.
  • We will increase our sanitation procedures. 
  • Staff are required to wear a mask during their shift.
  • Any staff member who begins experiencing symptoms while at the residential site must immediately call their supervisor to get coverage so they can leave the site as soon as feasibly possible without jeopardizing the wellbeing of the members.
  • 24-hour CILA clients will receive day programming and have the opportunity to engage in special activities during the day at their CILA location.
  • Client temperatures will be taken twice per day in all 24-hour CILAs and we will call the doctor for any temperature above 100.4 degrees.
  • For the duration of Phase IV, visitors are allowed for CILA members according to our specific Visitor Procedures.
  • According to Phase IV, some community outings are allowed while following our residential reintegration procedures.

I. The following prevention procedures are in place until further notice: 

  1. All locations will increase the frequency of cleaning and sanitation using a disinfectant approved to kill the human coronavirus. A solution of 1/3 cup of bleach to 1 gallon of water is effective for sanitizing hard surfaces. A commercial disinfectant spray is recommended for porous surfaces such as carpets or upholstery. All surfaces that are touched should be included in the cleaning process, including light switches, remotes, keyboards, etc. 

  1. All clients and staff are expected to wash hands or other body parts that touch others or surfaces with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also to be used as needed. 

  1. All clients and staff will receive on-going education in proper hand-washing procedures and signage will be available at all facilities. 

  1. Clients in our homes will shelter in place until further notice.  

  2. Families are refraining from taking clients on home visits until further notice.  

  3. Community Day Services sites are closed until at least August 31, 2020.    

  1. 24-hour IDD CILA clients will receive day programming have the opportunity to engage in special activities during the day at their CILA location. 

  1. Two weeks’ worth of supplies will be kept at all locations based on availability and will include food, paper goods, cleaning supplies, disposable gloves and other household products. Disposable masks, other PPE and instructions for their use will also be kept at all locations only for use in the event of an exposure on-site.  Delivery of groceries and household items will be used when available. 

  1. Client temperatures will be taken twice per day in all 24-hour CILAs and we will call the doctor for any temperature above 100.4 degrees. 

  1. Staff are taking their temperature at the beginning and middle of their shifts. They will notify their supervisor if their temperature is above 100.4 degrees. They will be sent home until they are free from symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).  

  1. All clients and staff must notify a supervisor if they become aware that they came in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

  1. Staff who are able to work remotely must do so.  Resources for remote access are available from the IT Department. 

  1. Staff who have traveled outside the country in the last 14 days or who plan to do so must inform their supervisor. Staff must inform their supervisor if travelling to one of the hot spot states on the travel ban from the city of Chicago.

II. The following procedures will be followed if staff or clients experience symptoms: 

  1. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, shortness of breath and cough. Other secondary respiratory symptoms may also be present. If a staff or client experiences any of these symptoms, they should seek medical treatment and remain home until they are free from symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) for at least 72 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).  Each person’s situation will be reviewed on an individual basis, 

III. The following procedures will be followed if a staff or client tests positive for COVID-19: 

  1. Staff: 

  • Staff will immediately be sent home and will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a physician. 
  • The designated agency staff will contact the local health department. 
  • The agency response team will meet to determine any additional action needed regarding potential quarantines. 
  1. Residential Clients: 

  • Residential clients will be supported in their own bedroom or space as best as possible and use a separate bathroom from everyone else, unless directed by a medical professional to relocate to a hospital or other center.  Uninfected roommates should be moved to a different room. 
  • Medical authorities will be notified immediately. 
  • If applicable, partner agencies who may have had contact with the individual will be notified. 
  • Clients in the affected home will be quarantined in the home pending further medical advice. 
  • The designated agency staff will contact the local health department.   

Revised as of August 13, 2020 

This document reflects our current procedures and policies and is subject to change (includes attachments). Please check this webpage for further updates.