Structure and continuity of care is crucial, especially for children with Autism. Continuity of care helps ensure that achieved skills are retained and progress is made towards their development. Interrupting or discontinuing services can result in a loss of skills and an increase in behavior issues. In addition, caring for a child with autism while working from home can put additional stress on parents and families.
Here at Blooming Minds, we are taking several steps to ensure we can support our clients and employees through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Providing support for when the unexpected happens is how we deliver on our promise to our clients. As always, the health and safety of our client’s colleagues, and communities remain our top priority.
Here is how Blooming Minds is ensuring best health practices:
1) Blooming Minds is providing all employees with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as:
2) Conducts health and wellness checks prior to each session and start of an employee’s work day. If an employee exhibits symptoms related to COVID-19 or tests positive for COVID-19, they are instructed to not enter the client’s home, and offer tele-health services instead (temporarily). Staff should be washing hands upon entry and exit of the home if the client’s grant access to do so. Household members exhibiting symptoms or those who have tested positive for COVID-19 should let Blooming Minds staff know prior to the scheduled visit to the home.
3) Uses hand sanitizer and disinfect wipes frequently during sessions with clients.
4) Staff are instructed to disinfect toys/tools used during sessions once the session is complete.
5) Blooming Minds considers the health and safety of all employees, clients, and their household members, especially those who are within the high-risk/vulnerable population (i.e. pregnant, over 60 years of age, immunocompromised, lung or respiratory disease, heart disease, etc.). If the client’s household members fall in the high-risk/vulnerable population, please let us know in advance in order for us to take extra precautions when entering your home.
6) Follows recommendations from the Center of Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and the California Department of Public Health (CA-DPH).