Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) Secretary Laura Howard today announced that visitation at all four state hospitals has been restricted effective immediately as a measure of precaution to reduce exposure of COVID-19 to residents and staff.
“Restrictions on visitors at state hospitals are a difficult but necessary step in our mission to encourage social distancing and limit exposure to the virus not only for our residents, who are some of the most vulnerable Kansans we serve, but our staff as well,” Secretary Howard said. “To date, there have been no cases of COVID-19 in any of our state hospital facilities and we are making vigilant efforts to continue to provide a safe, healthy environment.”
Consistent with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ guidance recently released for nursing facilities, new restrictions on visitors and non-essential individuals entering the Kansas Neurological Institute, Parsons State Hospital and Training Center, Osawatomie State Hospital and Larned State Hospital are in place:
• Restricts all visitors, effective immediately, with exceptions for compassionate care, such as end-of-life situations;
o No one showing signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat is allowed on campus.
o No one having been in contact with a person with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 is allowed on campus.
o No one having traveled to countries with sustained community transmission within the last 14 days is allowed on campus. Currently those countries include Italy, Iran, China and South Korea. An updated listing of these countries can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html.
• Restricts all volunteers and nonessential health care personnel and other personnel (i.e. barbers);
• Restricts internal and public group activities or appointments;
• Implements active screening of residents and health care personnel for fever and respiratory symptoms;
• Suspends the Foster Grandparent Program (unique to KNI) and volunteer programs;
• Redirects vendors and deliveries to alternate sites on campuses; and
• Closes facilities on state hospital campuses to the public.
Parents and guardians of residents at state hospitals are being asked not to come to campuses and instead check with hospital administration about alternative ways to communicate with their loved ones. Each hospital will work to accommodate visitors via telephone or video if possible.
In end-of-life cases, visitors will be equipped with personal protective equipment (PPE) like masks, and the visit will be limited to a specific room only.
“The populations we serve in our state hospitals are in many cases more vulnerable to COVID-19 than others. That, coupled with the rapid spread of COVID-19 in people who are in close proximity to each other on an ongoing basis, make it necessary to restrict, or in some cases suspend, normal day-today activities,” Deputy Secretary of Hospitals and Facilities Scott Brunner said.
For more information on COVID-19 visit the Kansas Department for Health and Environment’s Resource Center at: www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus.
You also can call 1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF).

(800)273-8255 Suicide Hotline

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Holidays and winter can be a rough time for many people.  In the last two days, I found out, 3 people I know tried to commit suicide in 2019.  Suicide is not the answer.  If you are feeling down or in a bad place, please talk to someone.  The suicide hotline is always available (800)273-8255.

Runway of Dreams Foundation and Zappos are hosting the first nationally live-streamed fashion  show with models having disabilities wearing adaptive clothing and shoes. It will be next Wednesday, March 27 in Las Vegas from 3:30-5:30 (Central Time).  The link to the live stream feed is zappos.com/adaptive/fashionshow. This link will only be active during the show 3:30-5:30 (Central Time) on March 27.  Bookmark the live link now or check back with us next week and we’ll re-post it!

Click here to learn more about the Runway of Dreams Foundation.

Thank you, Veterans!

Categorized: Independent Living, Uncategorized

RCIL would like to thank all Veterans for their service.  Here are some family members and co-worker that RCIL would like to send an extra big thank you to!  (You can click on the pictures to see it enlarged, titles are underneath the photo)




contestants 2015 committee and MWKS 15




MWKS 2015 & Little Ms.

The Ms. Wheelchair Kansas ceremony was held on Sunday, March 15th at the Capital Plaza Hotel.  Keara Hockman, Jessica Soderlund, and Carrie Sunday were this year’s contestants.  They began their weekend of events on Friday with orientation and getting to know each other and the committee members.  On Saturday, they participated in learning sessions, two interview sessions with judges, and a Zumba session.  Saturday night the contestants and committee went to the Ronald McDonald House in Topeka and cooked a homemade dinner for the guest staying at the house.  On Sunday, they ladies were judged once more on their platform speech and two questions asked on stage.  When the results were tallied, Carrie Sunday from Overbrook was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Kansas 2015.  New to the program this year, the committee chose a Little Miss Wheelchair Kansas 2015, Delany Murphy.  Delany is 10 years old and from Ottawa.  If you would like more information about Ms. Wheelchair Kansas please visit their website www.mswheelchairkansas.org.