The following guidance is intended for staff and families engaging in-home or community services. We expect all staff and families to follow these recommendations in attempts to mitigate the likelihood of contracting COVID-19 by staff or families while providing services.
For services being provided in the community (ex, summer camps), Potential, Inc. must receive a copy of the location’s COVID Response Procedures and review/accept before allowing staff to attend with participant.
If a family has any reservations about their child receiving services, please let your BCBA know. Let scheduling know immediately if you wish to cease receiving services. In the event that we determine that we will no longer provide services, we will work with families to determine if additional/alternative telehealth services are appropriate and how to utilize such services and/or to provide a suggested schedule, list of activities, strategies for teaching, and guidance on managing problem behavior.
Parents/Guardians will be notified should the status of our staff change and potential exposure information will be shared with Parents/Guardians/Staff to the extent possible, while maintaining required confidentiality.
Staff and participant must complete initial screening process at the onset of any services or when resuming services that were placed on hold, which is based on recommendations from CDC.
Staff and family members should alert Scheduling (215-895-8573) immediately if any of the following symptoms are present prior to a scheduled session:
- Currently have signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as a fever, cough, and sore throat.
- Check for fever daily before staff enter your home or staff leave for services. If temperature is 100.4F/38C or higher, Potential, Inc. will cancel services based upon current CDC guidelines.
- Traveled internationally or have been in contact with anyone who traveled internationally, within the last 14 days, to countries with sustained community transmission.
- Had contact with someone confirmed or under investigation for COVID- 19.
- Attended any large group gatherings, within the last 14 days, that may have put you at risk of coming in contact with someone with COVID-19.
Limited scheduling of staff with participants, allowing only one RBT assigned per day to a client to provide services either in home or community location.
Personal Protective Equipment
Staff and families recognize that Personal Protective Equipment, including face coverings and gloves, recommended by the CDC, state, and local government authorities is scarce. Staff will use such equipment if available, and, to the extent possible and appropriate with respect to the client’s goals.
Expectations of Home Services:
- Each household reviewed Home Expectations Checklist. Completion will be waived during this time if barriers do not allow it, unless environment is deemed unsafe by staff.
- All members of household and staff agree to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as soon as entering the home, and any time after nose blowing, coughing, or sneezing and dispose of paper towel in a waste receptacle immediately following.
- Staff are required to wash hands upon arrival, between sessions and prior to leaving the client’s home.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Staff and participants will limit interaction/public gatherings based upon current social distancing guidelines according to CDC/local orders.
- At or before the start of each in-home session, staff or a household member must clean frequently touched surfaces involved in providing care (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks) with CDC/EPA recommended cleaning products.
- Avoid close greetings, such as hugs or handshakes- use of other noncontact methods of greeting.
Expectations of Community Based Services:
- Services provided within the community must abide by all current guidelines by county. This include limits to group sizes, required protective equipment, and proper social distancing.
- Staff and participant must follow protocol outlined in community location COVID Response Procedures.
Please feel free to contact us at 215-579-0670 x109 with any additional questions or concerns.