Wisconsin Living Well’s COVID-19 Toolkit
  • The COVID-19, or Coronavirus, outbreak has left a lot of people in need of new or different resources and clear information. While the situation continues to change all the time, we want you to have access to the information and tools you need to stay healthy, safe, and connected. We will update this information as we get it. View the Full Toolkit

What You Need to Know

COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, is a serious illness spreading around the world. There are ways you can stay healthy and keep it from spreading to other people. Keep reading this page to learn what you can do to stay healthy.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is an illness that spreads to other people easily. The common symptoms are fever, difficult breathing, and cough. For many people it is like getting a bad cold or the flu but some people can get very sick and end up in the hospital.

For more information on COVID-19 visit: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Watch the Stay Healthy Training videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCklITpR9d0

 Download the Stay Healthy section of the Toolkit HERE!

The COVID-19 outbreak has temporarily changed how people are living and working. But there are still things you can ask for and do to stay safe during this time.

  • You can call your care manager or IRIS consultant immediately to ask for additional supports if you feel you need them.  The number for your care manager or IRIS consultant should be with your member handbook participant handbook or participant guide.
  • You can call your Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) to get more information about resources if your situation has changed. You can find the number for your area’s ADRC here: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/adrc/consumer/index.htm
  • You can call 2-1-1 for additional resources that might be in your area like housing and food assistance. You can also text COVID19 to 211-211 or visit 211wisconsin.org. 
  • If you are having a mental health crisis, you can call your county’s crisis line. The numbers are here: https://www.preventsuicidewi.org/county-crisis-lines .You can also call the Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. If it is an emergency, call 911.
  • If you are experiencing abuse or neglect we have resources for you. You can view our How to Spot Abuse sheets and download our fillable Reporting Worksheets.

Watch the Stay Safe Training videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdZUCAE7KPY

Download the Stay Safe Section of the toolkit HERE!

As of 05/15/2020, the Governor’s  Safer at Home directive has ended. Please check your local area for what orders are still in effect. Social distancing and staying at home are still the most effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

 

What is Social Distancing?

Social distancing means staying away from places where many people might gather like a movie theater, church, grocery stores when crowded, concerts, large family gatherings – any place where many people might be.  It means keeping space between you and others in most places you go.  This could be at work, the grocery store, or the doctor.  Think about standing at least 6 feet away from other people which is about the length of a person.  This also means not visiting family and friends, not going to work, not going to church, not going to day services, not going to school, and not going to places in the community.

During this time, you may be wondering how to see my friends or family, my care manager or IRIS consultant, my co-workers-all the people you see every day. The good thing is there are many ways to connect with other people. People can connect on their phones, computers, IPADS, smart phones. There are many services being offered free now for people who can’t leave their houses.

Check out our list of activities to try while you are practicing social distancing! We are updating it all the time with cool new things we are finding!

Watch the Stay Connected Training videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V4Y3LRLWIw

Download the Stay Connected Section of the toolkit HERE!

Make sure you have everything you need to be safe at home. Communicate with the trusted people in your life about your plan and your needs.

Watch the My Safer at Home Plan video from the Self-Determination Youtube Channelhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJLk9pUs89U

and the Is My Home Safe? videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1UyoXdeG94

You can download the My Safe Home Plan Here! 

People can have COVID-19 for 1 to 14 days before they feel sick. If you do get sick, the most common symptoms are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Most people (about 80%) get better without needing special treatment from the hospital.

Its good to have a health plan, just in case. This document has tips on what you can do before and while you are sick to stay safe. It also has a form you can fill out that will help a medical professionals know more about your symptoms and needs if you do have to get special treatment for COVID-19.

Watch the My Health Form Training videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZdVrzSY4Z8

You can download the COVID-19 Health Form and Tip Sheet HERE! 

Despite everything going on during COVID-19, you have rights that don’t change. We have worked with the Managed Care Organizations to put together a sheet for you and one for providers that list the rights you still have even in this difficult time.

View the Your Rights During the Coronavirus Sheet HERE!

View the Provider Document: Best Practice Guidance to Ensure the Rights of People with Disabilities in Long-Term Care During COVID-19 HERE!

We also want you to know about your Employment Rights and Responsibilities during COVID-19.

View the People First language document Your Employment Rights, Responsibilities
and Resources During COVID-19 Here! 

View the Employment and Financial Rights, Responsibilities and Resources for People with Disabilities During COVID-19 HERE!

Learn More About the Living Well Project

How do we increase health, safety, independence and well-being of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in our community? Over the next five years, the Living Well grant plans to develop and test approaches to improve home and community-based services for people with developmental disabilities.
How it Works
  • Consortium is created that includes a variety of perspectives including individuals living in diverse settings, families, employment experts, advocates, service providers, teachers, etc.  The Consortium drives the project and decides what to focus on and what strategies to use.
  • Pilot sites are selected in five communities to implement a set of intervention strategies and awareness building activities. A minimum of 20 individuals with disabilities will receive services.
  • coaching team will provide training and technical assistance on topics such as self-advocacy, supported decision-making, personal futures planning, community-based services and competitive integrated-employment.
  • policy team will implement the policy recommendations from the Consortium and put them into action
Project Goals
Project Goals

  • To improve coordination of consortium partners on community capacity building and community monitoring as evidenced by shared goals, resources, and measurement
  • To increase the perceived capacity among all five stakeholder groups to self- assess, monitor, report, reduce and/or remediate situations and environments for health, safety and quality of life
  • To increase the number of communities, organizations, and systems implementing recommended policies and practices
  • To increase the number of communities, organizations, and systems implementing a comprehensive community monitoring system
  • To increase the health, safety, independence, and well-being of people with I/DD as measured by CQL’s 21 quality of life indicators measurement tool between baseline and follow-up measures
Collaborators
  • Waisman University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
  • Disability Rights Wisconsin
  • WI Department of Health Services: Division of Long-term Care and Supports; Adult Protective Services; Division of Quality Assurances; Office of Caregiver Quality
  • WI Department of Justice
  • Managed Care Organizations
  • IRIS Consultant Agencies
  • The Arc Wisconsin
  • InControl Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin People First and Self-advocates
  • Service Providers
  • Families
Our Pilot and Mentor Sites

Pilot Sites

  • Aptiv
  • Bethesda
  • Community Living Connections
  • Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin
  • LOV inc
  • SOAR Fox Cities

Mentor Sites

  • Headwaters
  • Opportunities, inc
  • Opportunity Development Center
Other Resources
Questions?

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