Family is important, and when your loved one is part of the Ability Beyond family, so are you.
Q: Will I be able to see my loved one for the extended visits and travel?
Due to the post-holiday spike across regions we are continuing to take precautions for visits and travel. Please use this visitation screening tool (updated 4/1/21) to review the appropriateness for travel and family home visits. If a visit is pursued after careful assessment of risk, there will be additional questions that will need to be asked by our staff, concerning the details of your plan, considering the current CDC (Center for Disease Control), State, Local and Regulatory Agency’s guidance on the COVID situation. The more details our team has about your plans, the easier it will be for us to discuss the appropriateness of visitation. At this time we are continuing to recommend that individual’s remain at home (program) to minimize risk.
Q: Are there specific instructions we would need to follow for travel/visits?
We highly encourage careful consideration for visitation. In the event a visit is decided, we are advising that they occur for a few hours during the day. If plans include an overnight we ask that your loved return on a business day when we have sufficient resources for screening and to support any potential needs. Please work your program manager on an appropriate plan.
For overnight stays, testing is welcome but not mandatory. The family would coordinate a rapid test before return, if there is a negative result, a health screening would also be completed.
Q: Are there precautions that may have to be taken when returning from the visit?
Yes. There are precautions that need to be taken to ensure a safe return for all at Ability Beyond. These precautions are very individualized depending on the details of the visit.
Q: Would there be situations where I may not be able to take my family member for a visit?
Yes. We are being extra cautious and advising that the safest plan is for the person to remain in the program. Our position at this time is based on current state and CDC guidance to avoid visits for those at risk. Our intent of being extra cautious to prevent exposure and illness early in the winter season and to set the stage for health and safety going forward.
In addition, if at the time your family member is showing any of the above Covid-19 signs or symptoms – or is generally not feeling well – we may ask you to delay your plans until a later date. Also, if a housemate of your family member becomes ill with, or is suspected of having COVID-19, our infection control protocol would be to keep your loved one home so that we could closely monitor and prevent the spread of infection to you and others. During these times, we are continuing to keep a watchful eye so that we continue to be successful at keeping the spread of the virus very low.
COVID-19 UPDATE as of 8/5/21
Please note that all of our service areas currently have SUBSTANTIAL Covid transmission risk. You can follow risk levels in your area here.
Please know we are watching this carefully and responding accordingly. For our New York families, please know we are pausing on most of the OPWDD revised guidance until it is safe to proceed, as discussed at the last family meeting. If you missed the meeting, you can watch it here.
THANK YOU for your support and patience!
***NEXT FAMILY CALL***
Tuesday, December 28th at 7pm
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+1 646 876 9923
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