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112-40 Francis Lewis Blvd.
Queens Village, NY 11429
Phone: 718-805-6796

We Are In This Together

A Message from Dr. Gilbert Louis, IRI’s Executive Director

Hello everyone,

It is my sense that we all know that there is a serious health emergency that the world is dealing with and as you can imagine it has affected our small community. At IRI, we are primarily following the directives, instructions, and guidance from OPWDD, DOH, and the CDC. We have a team of nurses and two nurse practitioners on staff for consultation, triaging, and treatment if needed. We have provided extensive training to all staff on social distancing, hand washing, need for hydration, detecting signs of symptoms of the coronavirus as well as immediate precautions to be taken if one symptom is present. We have directed staff who are feeling sick to stay home. We have purchased as much as we can the antibacterial products and protective personal equipment. As you can imagine supplies are low and our vendors are rationing the products. We ask you to not send your loved ones to program if they are sick and to not allow in our staff who provide community habilitation. We have emergency food supplies for at least 30 days and have tested our communication system to make sure we have a quick response system if the need arises.

We are severely restricting visitations and have fully developed plans to prevent, contain, and recover if we have a confirmed case of the coronavirus in one of the people we support and or in one of our direct support staff or other personnel. It is hard to enumerate all we are doing in this note; but I thought I would provide you with some of the activities we are engaged in as a basic response to questions you must have. We are making sure to not panic, to be serious, and to provide fact based information while ensuring that the people we support are emotionally protected. These are extraordinary and unprecedented circumstances and we will rise the occasion, do our best, and rely on our best preparations. The situation is fluid and we will be sure to be flexible and to change course as the facts dictate and as directed by our health professionals and our government officials.

Stay well.

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On The Leading Edge of Technology

Proloquo 2

What is it? A fully customizable communication application that interfaces with smart phones and tablets. The app is programmed with picture/icon representations of words and common phrases that the user can string together to communicate a thought.

How does it help? This is an indispensable communication aid for non-verbal individuals

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Telehealth Services

How does it work? Individuals can have their vital signs taken right in their homes. The information is digitally recorded providing personalized biometrics that help detect medical conditions earlier based on trended data. This service also provides virtual intervention between nurses and individuals using a smart tablet.

How does it help? Medical staff is more knowledgeable about patients’ care in between visits. These services also greatly reduce hospitalizations therefore also reducing the number of disruptions for individuals in their homes.

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Pulseox Monitor

How does it work? Remotely monitors oxygen levels of individuals with respiratory issues. Allows nurse to monitor the oxygen level remotely.

How does it help? Helps to remotely monitor blood oxygen levels and send an alert to the nurse if levels are imbalanced.

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GPS Watch

How does it work? Individuals can travel safely and unsupervised. Individuals simply wear the watch that communicates to an app used by IRI staff.

How does it help? This technology prevents individuals from getting lost. Staff can also see where individuals are without having to be there in person.

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Home Sensor Technology

How does it work? A suite of interactive sensors is outfitted on kitchen appliances and above doors. If an individual, living in their own apartment, turns the stove on, then exits the kitchen, IRI will get an alert. If the individual leaves the house at an unusual time, we will also be alerted.

How does it help? This provides un-invasive oversight. Individuals can live independently with confidence. It also reduces the need for in-person staffing.

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Medication Wheel

How does it work? This simple device alerts individuals when a medication dose is due, then opens to dispense medication. If the medication is not taken or the wheel is not closed properly, IRI will be alerted.

How does it help? For those individuals living in apartments or homes, they can now take medication without staff intervention.

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Samsung Galaxy Tablets

How does it work? There are many existing applications, and new ones being developed every day that are targeted to assist disabled individuals in enhancing their abilities

How does it help? Allows us to use a variety of online applications that support the abilities of the users

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Amazon Echo

How does it work? Wirelessly controls lighting and other devices through voice commands.

How does it help? Helps individuals who are otherwise unable to manually operate devices to do so independently.

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Pressure Pads in Beds

How does it work? Allows the staff to monitor bed time routines when people are in and out of bed with a remote monitor; a notification goes to remote staff person when a person has gone to bed and if they get up during the night for an extended period of time.

How does it help? Helps ensure safety by sending staff an alert when an individual is out of bed during the night.

Activities & Events

    2019 DSP Appreciation Week

    IRI's commitment to being a preferred employer begins by appreciating our team members for their dedication and tireless efforts in ensuring that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live the best lives that they are able with whatever supports are needed. These supports begin and end with our Direct Support Professionals without whom we could not achieve our mission and goals. We thank these team members who are the backbone of IRI and appreciate them for what they do every day. But this month we (the board of directors at IRI and the leadership team) took special care to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of our DSPs with a series of events throughout the week of September 8-14. Our DSPs were invited to participate in special breakfasts, relaxation massages, raffles and our grand DSP recognition event. We specially celebrated 16 people whose work anniversary with IRI ranged between 27 years and 15 years by having an incredible extravaganza where all our Direct Support Staff were truly the stars. We laughed, we ate, we danced and played games; and had a good time with each other. Again, thank you for all you do every day. We are proud to be your team members. Pictures are worth a thousand words, take a look.

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