Moments that Matter July 2018

Community Access Just Got Easier Thanks to Grant Award from BWC

One of the biggest challenges for individuals with limited mobility and their caregivers has been finding a safe and dignified solution for addressing personal care needs while out and about in the community.

Public bathrooms are rarely equipped to support the needs of these individuals, often leading to their time away from home being scheduled around a basic need, the restroom.

Thanks to grant funding from the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation Safety Grant - Employers Working with Persons with Developmental Disabilities Program, CCHS will be able to provide two new solutions to help overcome this barrier to community access and participation.

Mobile Personal Care Vehicle:

  • Equipped with a fully powered hi/lo changing table and Hoyer lift, this vehicle will provide a safe, private, and dignified space to meet the personal care needs of individuals with limited mobility.

Portable Hoyer Lifts:

  • With the ability to fold flat, these Hoyer lifts are able to fit into almost any vehicle. Wheels are conveniently placed to allow caregivers to bring the lift from the vehicle to the restroom with ease. These lifts will provide easy restroom access in almost any community setting.

In addition to the addressing personal care needs, a portion of the grant funding awarded will go toward staff training in the areas of fall prevention, mental health, and trauma-informed care.

Sparkle and Smiles Abound at the CCHS Spring Formal

Dressed to impress, individuals from Park West Court Apartments and Supported Community Living came together for music, dancing, and lots of fun at the CCHS Spring Formal!

Special thanks to our Occupational Therapist, Melissa Duckworth, for making a dress from scratch and to every staff member who helped make the dance a success!

CCHS Celebrates 35th Anniversary

On Memorial Day, we celebrated our 35th Anniversary with a BBQ honoring our dedicated employees who have 10 or more years of service!

Unfortunately what was meant to be an outdoor event had to be moved indoors due to a heat advisory, but that didn't stop us from having a great time!

Employees shared favorite memories of their time at CCHS and then were honored with a certificate and a small gift as a token of our appreciation for their incredible work.

We would like to say thank you once again to all of our employees for their commitment to CCHS and their service to the individuals we support!

CCHS Partners with HealthCo. for Healthcare Services Coordination

CCHS is committed to providing the best quality care possible for the individuals we support. To meet this goal, we have partnered with HealthCo. to coordinate healthcare services for Supported Community Living individuals.

HealthCo. is one of only nine companies contracted through the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities and as such, is highly specialized and meets standards above what the state regulations require.

HealthCo. provides:

  • An individualized approach to care
  • Nurses that are located at CCHS, and only care for individuals supported by CCHS
  • Coordination of all medical appointments
  • Medication Management (checking of physician orders, pharmacy coordination, etc.)
  • Ongoing training and support to ensure all CCHS staff can deliver the best care
  • Liaisons to ensure ongoing communication and coordination between individuals, families, guardians, medical service providers, and CCHS

We are excited about this change and believe that this partnership will be a great benefit to the individuals in Supported Community Living!

Experiences Are Everything

If you weren't aware CCHS is going places! With over 300 community experiences, volunteer, and career exploration opportunities available each month, individuals can build independence, meet personal goals, and achieve their dreams.

Experiences Are Everything is a visual look back at some of the places we have recently explored. Enjoy!

Other News & Upcoming Events:

Prism Opening Reception

July 14, 2018 from 5p - 7p at Open Door Art Studio & Gallery, 1050 Goodale Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212

Prism presents polychromatic pieces that will pique your interest! Join us and take pride in your favorite color with an exhibition that represents every hue in the rainbow! A big thank Kim Kehl for generously sponsoring this exhibition!

Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 12:30p - 4:30p at the Ohio State University Fawcett Event Center, 2400 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, OH 43210

The Ohio Candidate Forum on Disability Issues will provide a format for the candidates for Ohio Governor and U.S. Senate to inform the disability community about their positions on disability related issues and policy. Engagement with our elected officials about disability-related issues is important. It impacts policy matters affecting approximately two million Ohioans with disabilities, at least 13% of our state's population.

New mural by Open Door Artist on Display at Park West Court Apartments

Open Door Art Studio & Gallery artist Mark Henderson has helped Park West Court Apartments look a whole lot brighter! Special thanks to Peggy Frank for securing the grant funding which made this mural possible!

Open Door Art Studio & Gallery Artists Invited to Display work at NASDDDS Event

Open Door Art Studio & Gallery artists Wallace Peck, Ian Howard, and Rachael Armstrong were invited to display examples of their work during the opening reception of the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Mid-Year Conference held last month at Strongwater Food & Spirits in Franklinton.

Fishing with Friends

Thursday, July 5, 2018 from 9a - 1p at Griggs Reservoir

Thanks to generous funding received from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, CCHS will be hosting the first of four Fishing with Friends events on July 5th, 2018 from 9a-1p at Griggs Reservoir!

With all fishing and adaptive equipment provided, Fishing with Friends will give individuals with disabilities the opportunity to learn, practice, and catch fish in various locations throughout Central Ohio! Volunteers will be available to provide support and companionship throughout the event, and a cookout lunch will be provided.

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please click here to sign-up!

Congratulations to Candi Sykes for her role in The Wizard of Oz

Supported Community Living individual, Candi Sykes, recently played the Scarecrow in LifeBuilders' production of the Wizard of Oz! Way to go, Candi! We heard it was a great performance!

Supported Community Living Annual Lead Meeting

Monday, July 2, 2018 from 10a - 2p at Sharon Woods Metro Park

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