Kerr’s COVID-19 Response Plan. Read here.
Kerr’s services continue during “Stay Home, Save Lives” order. Read more here.
Visitors to all Kerr program facilities, including subacute and group homes: please click here.
Telemedicine services for Kerr’s Outpatient Mental Health Services: please click here.
HOW TO HELP:
- Sew face masks for our caregivers and clients
- Donate Personal Protective Equipment
- Donate to our COVID-19 campaign
From our friends at CareOregon, read about ways to support yourself and others during periods of social distancing, quarantine, and isolation.
- Taking Care of Your Mental Health During an Infectious Disease Outbreak
- Talking to Children About COVID-19
Portland Art and Learning Studios
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Department of Disability Services mandated the closure of site-based day services programs for people experiencing I/DD, as a preventive measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. These closures included Albertina Kerr’s Portland Art and Learning Studios (PALS). Our team carefully examined how to reimagine and reorganize the process and work for our community of artists, while maintaining the goal of our programs for people experiencing I/DD. We explored how to connect virtually with a small number of artists to support their creative development and have been doing that on a limited basis. However, in light of ongoing public health safety orders—that do not allow these facility-based programs to operate—and the prospect of state budget cuts in the upcoming biennium, we have determined continuing to operate PALS is no longer feasible or sustainable. It’s with a heavy heart that we have made the difficult and necessary decision to permanently close the PALS program effective October 30, 2020.
After thoughtful consideration, we made the difficult decision to permanently close the restaurant and shops at Albertina’s Place, effective June 30, 2020. Please read Kerr CEO Jeff Carr’s letter to the community here.
Help us protect our clients and residents
The safety and well-being of our clients and residents is of the utmost importance to us. We are closely monitoring the evolving outbreak of COVID-19 and preparing for any possible disruptions to our services.
Please rest assured that everyone at Albertina Kerr is taking proper health precautions and adhering to all regulations and guidelines from the Oregon Health Authority and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
We are following the steps that we already have in place to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, including:
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of “high touch” surfaces, (i.e., counters, tabletops, doorknobs, phones, keyboards, remote controls, etc.)
- Heightened hygiene with frequent handwashing by our clients, residents, staff, and visitors.
- Contingency planning if we need to quarantine residents who have potential exposure, as well as alternative staffing plans
We’re asking all visitors to take the following preventive measures:
All healthy visitors, please:
|• Wash your hands upon arriving and before leaving a Kerr group home or facility|
|• When you cough or sneeze use the inside of your elbow, or cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.|
Please postpone your visit to a group home, Kerr facility, or planned home visit or recreational outing with a Kerr resident if:
|• You have a fever, cough, or other cold symptoms|
|• You have been around someone who is exhibiting signs of an illness|
|• You have traveled outside the United States in the last 14 days, or you have visited an area significantly impacted by COVID-19|
As we navigate this situation, we will continue to update our website—AlbertinaKerr.org—with any new information. If you have any questions, please contact your family member’s Program Manager at Kerr.
Thank you for helping keep our community safe.