Residents Stay Active While Having Fun at Home

March 26th, 2020

Beginning on Friday, March 13, The Arc of Essex County’s residential programs began practicing social distancing as a way to remain healthy amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. While this meant the cancellation of Adult Recreation & Respite and Day Programming outside of the home, The Arc remains committed to maintaining a regular daily schedule full of engaging activities.

Residential and Day Program staff teamed up to execute this new approach. For the Millburn Group Home, this meant developing a weekly calendar of activities that incorporates every residents’ interests. Activities include in-home spa days, karaoke and music classes, arts & crafts, and staying active through chair yoga, dancing, and neighborhood walks.

The Nutley Group Home and many others adopted a similar approach. Nutley residents enjoyed making personal-pan pizzas, baking and decorating cupcakes, taking in the blooming cherry blossoms, and completing puzzles to name a few.

The Arc of Essex County would like to recognize and thank our direct support professionals (DSPs) who are reporting to work every day to support the consumers living in our residential services. These front-line staff are caring for our residents as they would their own family. It is only with the extraordinary hard work and dedication of the staff, especially the DSP's, that The Arc of Essex County can continue to provide the necessary direct care and support to our residential consumers in an unprecedented environment.

If you or a loved one are interested in pursuing an independent living placement with The Arc of Essex County, please contact The Arc’s Director of Residential Service, Rebecca Lorusso via email at or by calling (973) 535-1181 ext. 1270. For additional information about The Arc of Essex County’s residential services, click here.