8/10/21 We at Able2 continue to monitor the COVID-19 Level of Community Transmission rate very closely. Given the designation of “substantial” transmission rate of Chemung County as of 8/9/21, it has become necessary to re-institute the following visitation guidelines to our residential homes.
Visitation is on a pre-scheduled basis. Please reach out to the Residential Manager to schedule your visit.
Each visit can be up to 2.5 hours in length and include up to 2 people.
All visitors will undergo a symptom and temperature check by agency staff. Anyone reporting COVID-19 exposure, COVID-19 symptoms or having a temperature over 100.0 degrees will not be allowed to enter the site.
Masks must be worn properly for the duration of the visit.
Visits inside the residence will occur either in private bedrooms or an area designated by the program where disinfection, social distancing, and separation from other residents can be safely implemented.
Visitation will be suspended if any resident displays COVID-19 symptoms, is presumed positive for COVID-19 or has been tested for COVID-19 with pending results. Scheduled visitors will be notified of suspended visits and will be contacted when visits can resume.
If you have any further questions, please reach out to the Residential Manager responsible for oversight of your loved ones home. We will continue to monitor the situation very closely and further updates will be provided when they become available.
April 2021 Day Habilitation Update
Please note, the August 2020 version of our Safety Plan for Day Hab Reopening has recently been updated to reflect the changes / differences that exist for our planned April 2021 Day Hab reopening. The updated Safety Plan can be found below.
Day Hab Safety Plan
Webinar: The Facts About Covid-19 Vaccines for Direct Support Professionals
Direct support professionals have been on the frontlines of supporting people with disabilities during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The COVID-19 vaccines are now here and becoming widely available. As this is good news, we also know there is some confusion and worry among people about the efficacy and safety of the vaccine. In this webinar, NADSP in partnership with the American Academy of Developmental Medicine & Dentistry (AADMD) will address vaccine concerns. Please join Rick Rader, MD as he shares up to date and research-based information on the COVID-19 vaccines.
12/10/20 Day Habilitation Update
After review of local conditions with regard to community spread of COVID 19 and our continued designation as an orange zone, we have determined that we will continue our site-based group Day Hab Pause until at least Friday, 1/29/21. During the week of 1/25/21, we will re-evaluate the current local circumstances and determine our ability to re-open Day Hab on Monday, 2/1/21.
10/15/20 Day Habilitation Update
After extensive review of local conditions with regard to community spread of COVID-19 cases, we have determined that it is best to continue our site-based Group Day Habilitation Pause until at least November 13, 2020. During the week of November 9th, we will re-evaluate the current local circumstances and determine our ability to reopen on November 16, 2020.
10/2/20 Residential Services Update
Given the increasing number of COVID-19 cases within Chemung County, and out of an abundance of caution, we have made the decision that as of today, October 2nd, we will Pause visitation to our certified residential programs through October 18th when we will re-evaluate the status of cases within the community. Ultimately, we feel it is necessary to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the people we support, the people we employ, the families of those people and our community at large. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation regarding this difficult decision If you have specific questions, please contact the site Manager.
Stay safe. Wear a mask. Social distance.
9/17/20 Day Habilitation Update
Given the continued local COVID-19 cases within Chemung County, and out of an abundance of caution, we have made the decision that as of Monday, September 21st, we will Pause our current site-based Day Habilitation programming until October 16th, when we will re-evaluate the status of local cases. Ultimately, we feel it is necessary to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the people we support, the people we employ, the families of those people and our community at large.
8/17/20 OPWDD Services Update
OPWDD released guidance, on July 10th, which provided guidelines to providers allowing the resumption of home visits, community outings and day services, as well as returning to residential settings following extended home visits. OPWDD identified the guidelines would be effective as of July 15th, 2020 for regions of the State that have entered Phase Four in accordance with the NYS Forward Reopening Plan. Able2 has developed appropriate plans by which to effectively and safely address the requirements of the guidelines. While some limitations remain, home visits and community outings have resumed for those that can safely participate. Any questions regarding home visits or community outings should be directed to the Program Manager.
Additionally, as of 8/18/20, Able2’s Day Habilitation program will resume operations for a small group of individuals. Our Day Habilitation Re-Opening Safety Plan is below. If you have questions regarding the plan or program re-opening, please contact Maria Elston at 607-739-3591, ext. 9215.
Day Habilitation Safety Plan
8/17/20 Article 28 Clinic Update
The Article 28 Clinic opened on August 5th as planned. While the new safety requirements have presented some challenges, overall the first two weeks of operation have been successful. We ask for your continued patience as we work through rescheduling nearly 1200 appointments that needed to be cancelled due to the pandemic and the Clinic closure. Appointments are being rescheduled in the order they were cancelled but if you have an emergent situation, please call the Clinic and we will work to see you as soon as possible.
Please remember, appointments will be scheduled in a manner that promotes social distancing and allows for adequate time for us to disinfect all areas of use in between patient appointments.
To obtain services in person, you agree to take certain precautions, which will help keep everyone (you, our dental staff, our families, other clients and individuals in our building) safe from exposure, sickness and possible death. If you do not adhere to these safeguards, it will result in the termination of your appointment.
YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MINIMIZE YOUR EXPOSURE
· You will only keep your appointment if you are symptom free.
· You will use provided alcohol-based (60%) hand sanitizer when you enter our office and wear a face covering at all times (except when service is being rendered).
· You agree to non-touch temperature check and attestation to pre-screening questions upon arrival to our office. If your temperature is elevated (100 Fahrenheit or more), or if you have other symptoms of the coronavirus such as shortness of breath, or coughing, or have been exposed to someone who shows signs of COVID-19, your appointment will be cancelled and rescheduled at a later time.
· You will enter the office unaccompanied, if possible. For those patients who need a guardian/staff to accompany them, we ask that this be limited to necessary persons only.
· You will adhere to the safe distancing precautions we have set up in the waiting room.
OUR COMMITMENT TO MINIMIZE EXPOSURE
· Infection control has always been a top priority in our practice. We follow recommendations and guidelines made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This allows us to make sure that our infection control procedures are up-to-date and enables us to provide the safest environment for our patients and their family members.
· Our doctor and staff will be wearing all of the recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) and will be subjected to temperature checks and health screening questions prior to the start of their day.