With the number of cases rising and the weather changing, RSCL continues to follow the recommendations of the Provincial Health Authority to reduce the spread of the virus, while also ensuring that we fulfill our obligations to our funders and to the individuals and families that we support.
With our Safety Plans in place, we have recently launched our “We Are All Covid-Accountable” campaign which reminds staff and those who receive support of the ways that we can stop the spread of the virus, including:
- All program sites remain closed to visitors. If you need to visit a site, please call in advance to complete a pre-screening.
- We ask people who may be unwell to stay home until they have confirmed that they do not have the virus.
- Our Point of Care Risk Assessment is completed twice daily for every individual supported to ensure that our staff have the appropriate PPE to provide direct care.
- We practice physical distancing as much as possible.
- Following public heath recommendations, it is our expectation that masks are worn in all public areas.
We recognize that many individuals and families are experiencing significant challenges as the pandemic continues. In the coming weeks, staff will connect with those we support to assess individual needs so that we can prioritize our response while we collaborate with sector partners and funders to develop best practices and share experiences.
We have a good inventory of PPE and will maintain a three month supply at all times. We have re-established our Emergency Response Team which includes staff from all program areas who will work in our supported living homes and each home has an area identified for donning/doffing PPE should they experience a confirmed case of COVID-19.
We offer both virtual and face to face supports in all of our programs. This includes facilitating family visits for the individuals in our supported living homes. Where possible, we encourage outdoor meetings and also utilize day program space after hours. We are exploring the option of additional program space to allow increased capacity.
In September we hosted our Annual General Meeting virtually via Zoom. Later this month we will host our Benefit of Possibilities by bringing the food, entertainment and fun of Nashville to the homes of our supporters. At the end of the month, our Children’s Services will kick off the holiday season with a fun, virtual party. Check back here often for updates.
Please remember We Are All Covid-Accountable – fewer faces and bigger spaces. Together we will stop the spread of COVID-19!
For more information and resources from government and partner agencies, visit the links below.
Family Support Institute
Community living improves everyday life for everyone living in Richmond. For more than 35 years Richmond Society for Community Living (RSCL) has provided exceptional programs and services for infants with special needs, children and adults with developmental disabilities. Richmond’s largest non-profit social service provider, RSCL helps more than 1000 people with developmental disabilities each year to participate and contribute fully as valued members in the community. RSCL also helps family members access programs and services, ensuring quality of care throughout the lifespan of the individual supported. …more info