McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce

03/31/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/31/2020 16:05

Innovative Ways to Serve the Community

Woodstock, IL- Mach 24, 2020 Independence Health & Therapy continues to serve during this CoVid-19 pandemic in innovative ways. Due to the mandated 'stay-at-home' order, many in the community are isolated, unable to access critical services, and are experiencing challenges due to increased caregiving responsibilities. Independence Heath & Therapy is committed to helping these individuals through the following initiatives:
1) Caregiver Hotlines. Caregivers are under increased stress due to CoVid-19 circumstances and lack of respite services available. To help all caregivers in our county, Independence Health & Therapy created the following hotlines staffed by clinical experts.

Caregivers of Children(815-382-9251) especially those caring for high-need children and children with disabilities. This hotline is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 3 pm to 6 pm.
Caregivers of Adults, (224-703-3504) especially those caring for individuals with dementia. This hotline is open on Wednesdays from 9 am to 4 pm.


2) Telehealth Access. Telehealth is an innovative way health care and behavioral health care professionals can still serve clients without coming to the office for treatment. However, many in the community do not have access to or are unable to operate necessary technology for telehealth appointments. In collaboration with Mental Health Board partner agencies, Independence Health & Therapy has created a Telehealth Clinic. Individuals already 815-333-8638.
3) Behavioral Health Services. More now than ever, individuals need to be taking care of their emotional and mental health. Independence Health & Therapy psychiatrist, counselors, and community support staff are continuing to serve their clients via telehealth and for those unable to access such technology, are being seen in-person as well. In addition, the following community services will be offered:
  • Independence Health & Therapy will be hosting weekly FACEBOOK live events between 11:30 and 12:00 pm on 3/27, 4/3 and 4/10 addressing mental health wellness strategies and answering live questions. Individuals can submit questions ahead of time via the Facebook site at https://www.facebook.com/IndependenceHT
  • ISOLATED ADULTS HOTLINE (815-342-3477) for those who are isolated and need a clinically minded individual to talk with. Hotline is open Fridays between 9 am and 3 pm.
Addition to these expanded services, Independence Health & Therapy continues to serve their Adult Day and Memory Care and Physical and Speech therapy clients. Before the mandated 'stay-at-home' order was issued over the weekend, the State of Illinois mandated a 30-day closure of all Adult Day Programs, thus the Independence Health & Therapy Adult Day and Memory Care Program closed until April 16th. In an effort to still care for clients and caregivers Independence Health & Therapy nurses are conducting semi-weekly well visit telephone calls and medication reminder calls to clients and caregivers. Through these vital communications, they are able to monitor the well-being of clients, offer caregiver coaching, and help problem-solve challenges associated with the current situation. This includes linking clients and caregivers to other resources that may be available, like Senior Services and the Veteran's Administration. Independence Health & Therapy also implemented telemedicine options to maintain continuity of care and limit direct contact for physical and speech therapy and behavioral health clients. The government and insurance companies are relaxing the restrictions that prevented these treatment options in the past. For more information about any of these services, please call 815-338-3590 or utilize Facebook messenger to leave questions for the Independence Health & Therapy team. # #
ABOUT INDEPENDENCE HEALTH & THERAPY Independence Health & Therapy is the county's leading wellness center providing adult day health and memory care programs, behavioral health services, and physical, occupational and speech therapy.
Independence Health & Therapy's mission is to promote independence and improve lives through care, education and advocacy. Founded in 1949, with Physical, Occupational and Speech therapy services, Adult Day, Memory Care and Behavioral Health services began in 1982. A merger between the two agencies (Adult & Child Therapy Services and Family Alliance, Inc.) delivering these services occurred in 2018, forming Independence Health & Therapy.
Independence Health & Therapy envisions a community where everyone has the opportunity to enhance their quality of life. Three main service lines are: Behavioral Health, Adult Day and Memory Care Program, and Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy services.
Our Adult Day Health and Memory Care program is a community based traditional day program model offering social services, activities, peer support and individual person-centered care while also providing a medical model with skilled services from nurses, therapists, and others.
Behavioral Health services care for those who are at risk of clinical depression, anxiety, and higher physical health needs. Our multidisciplinary team includes LCSW's, community support specialists and a geriatric psychiatrist.
Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy program serves all ages and conditions. Over 60% of clients are children under the age of 13 with a myriad of different conditions and diagnoses, such as Cerebral Palsy, Autism and developmental and physical delays. Adult and senior clients have a wide range of conditions such as acquired disabilities, sports injuries and physical impairments associated with the aging process.
Approximately 75% of all clients are classified as low income. Independence Health and Therapy accepts Medicaid, Medicare and those who are uninsured, offering scholarships or a sliding fee scale for care.