Trilogy Blog

Occupational Therapy: Supporting independent living for our clients

Posted by Adolfo Luna on Fri, Apr 14, 2017 @ 09:02 AM

If you follow us on our social media, you recently read about some of the Occupational Therapists here at Trilogy. You might be wondering what an occupational therapist does, or how they fit into our mission of supporting individuals with mental illness. Since April 2017 marks not only the national observance of Occupational Therapy (OT) Month, but also the centennial of the profession, we thought it an appropriate occasion to highlight the nature of OT at Trilogy.

In 2012, when Trilogy was designated a Williams Class Member service provider by the State of Illinois, we were one of the first community-based mental health organizations to assist individuals transitioning out of nursing homes and into the community. It became apparent early-on that many of the Williams’ clients needed individualized support to learn or relearn skills necessary for a successful transition into independent living. Trilogy firmly believed these daily living skills were also essential to the client’s mental health recovery, and hired and Occupational Therapist. Additionally, the organization leased an apartment where clients could practice independent living skills in preparation for their move out of the nursing home. (1)

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Tags: Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy, community-based mental health, Williams Consent Decree

Trilogy’s Open House Extravaganza!

Posted by Shawna Flavell on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 @ 12:15 PM

Last Friday, Trilogy hosted an Open House Extravaganza for nursing home residents who are considering moving out into the community as a Williams or Colbert Class Member. Many of the people Trilogy serves have been living in nursing facilities for years and some have never lived on their own. For these individuals, the thought of taking steps toward a more independent living situation can be overwhelming. The Open House gave people an opportunity to learn about the services we provide and to speak with peers who have already made the transition and are living independently. Attendees also got a sneak peak of our newly remodeled Beacon space, where they had the chance to get a free haircut, a free manicure, win raffle prizes, and socialize with each other.

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Tags: recovery, mental illness, community-based mental health, Chicago, Williams Consent Decree

Occupational Therapy Assists People in Achieving Independence by Krista Thanos

Posted by Shawna Flavell on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 @ 01:14 PM

When Trilogy was selected by the State of Illinois to be one of the first community-based mental health organizations designated as a Williams Class Member service provider, we agreed to assist men and women who have lived in nursing homes for large portions of their lives with the transition of moving into their own independent apartments. As our Williams Transition Team began enrolling people into the program, they noticed that a large number of the residents moving out on their own needed individualized supports to address deficits in their day-to-day living skills.

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Tags: mental health, community-based mental health, treatment, Williams Consent Decree, stigma, serious mental illness, reduce stigma, Trilogy services, Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapist

Friends, Family, and Recovery

Posted by Shawna Flavell on Mon, Dec 23, 2013 @ 09:12 AM

Each quarter, Trilogy hosts a Williams Friends and Family Night. Thanks to the hard work of our Williams Team, this event is always a wonderful opportunity for friends and family of Class members—men and women who have lived in a nursing home setting for extended portions of their lives with the transition of moving into their own apartments as part of the implementation plan set forth by the State of Illinois' Williams Consent Decree—to socialize with one another over a meal and learn more about Trilogy and the services we provide.

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Tags: recovery, mental illness, mental health, Williams Consent Decree, serious mental illness, reduce stigma

Bringing Health and Wellness to Trilogy’s ACT Team by Vanessa Roush, MSN, RN

Posted by Ruth McMahon on Mon, Sep 30, 2013 @ 02:06 PM

I started working as a nurse on Trilogy’s Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team in November 2012. As a nursing student at Rush University, I completed two nursing rotations and my clinical immersion at the Trilogy Heartland Integrated Healthcare clinic. I was only the second nursing student to ever complete their immersion—a clinical program in which you work full-time as a student nurse for a month—at Trilogy. During my rotations and clinical immersion, I really liked that I was never stuck in one area and that the scope of my job was always changing. It happened that at the end of my immersion, Trilogy was looking to hire a full-time nurse for ACT. I immediately applied and, thankfully, was hired. 

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Tags: Williams Consent Decree, Assertive Community Treatment, ACT Nurse

It Was Worth The Wait! By Robert M.

Posted by Shawna Flavell on Fri, Aug 23, 2013 @ 03:49 PM

As a Williams Consent Decree Provider for the State of Illinois, Trilogy’s Williams Transition Team has assisted more than 100 people with their transition from nursing homes into independent living. Each individual we have worked with has a unique story of that process and what it has meant for them. Robert M. is a current Trilogy client who took time from planning a trip to Colorado with his family to talk about what the opportunity to live on his own has meant to him. His story shows just how important the Williams Consent Decree is for individuals who are currently residing in nursing homes but who are capable of living on their own with community-based assistance. 

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Tags: recovery, community-based mental health, behavioral healthcare, recovery story, Williams Consent Decree, reduce stigma

Trilogy's Second Williams Family Night a Success

Posted by Shawna Flavell on Thu, Apr 04, 2013 @ 03:25 PM

Just one of many families who came out for the event.

On Tuesday night, clients of our Williams Consent Decree Program gathered with their friends and family at 1400 W. Greenleaf for dinner and programming that included listening to families recount their experiences with family members moving from nursing homes and living in the community, often for the first time in many years. Clients also spoke about their view of the transition process and newly-gained opportunities. Trilogy staff was on hand to describe and answer questions about Trilogy services, the Williams Consent Decree, and independent living.

Elisabeth, our Williams Program Manager, speaking about the program.

This was the Trilogy’s second Williams Family Night—Trilogy also hosted one last fall. With more than 75 people in attendance—including Nancy Carstedt, Executive Director of Cook County North Suburban National Alliance on Mental Health and Dan Burke, Statewide Housing Coordinator from the Governor’s office—it was a huge success. Over the course of the evening, 15 clients were awarded certificates for completing their transition from living in nursing homes to successfully moving into their own apartments and learning the independent living skills they need to live on their own. Mr. Crawford, one of the first clients Trilogy helped transition into his own apartment, recalled moving out of the nursing home on Monday, July 30, 2012—"It was a good day"—and thanked each and every member of the Williams team for their help and support along the bumpy road to independent living.  

Guests also listened as a family member of a Williams client stood at the podium and was moved to tears, saying, "It is wonderful that my sister is out there living life. She went into facilities when we were teens and now we have grandbabies. I am so proud of my sister and all of you. There is lots to deal with when you have been living in nursing homes all of your life."

Our featured speaker, on the far left, smiles with her sister and the rest of their family.

In January 2012, Trilogy contracted with the Illinois Department of Human Services as part of the implementation plan set forth by the State of Illinois' Williams Consent Decree. As a result of the Williams Consent Decree, 4,500 individuals with serious mental illnesses currently residing in Illinois nursing homes where more than 51% of residents have a mental illness, have the right to choose to live in community-based settings with strong community support. Trilogy is one of nine organizations across the state chosen to provide services for these individuals and transition them into independent living. Some of the services we provide to these clients are helping them find an apartment, taking them shopping for furnishings, and providing them with intensive case management services up to seven days a week.

Since 2012, Trilogy has successfully transitioned 63 people from nursing homes into the community.  With support and intensive treatment services all 63 are living independently. By hosting events like Family Night and giving Williams’ class members the opportunity to meet Governor Quinn in February, Trilogy has become a leader among Williams' providers for innovation, strong assessment skills, and our ability to engage clients. Throughout their recovery, we are committed to continue to offer these individuals the support and resources they need to smoothly re-enter the community-at-large.

After listening to inspirational client testimonials, one realizes that independence is a gift and an essential building block on the path to recovery.

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Tags: recovery, mental illness, Williams Consent Decree