We remain committed to safely providing occupational therapy to your child.
How we’re making in-home therapy safe.
We understand that you are concerned about the spread of COVID-19 and we want to update you on what we’re doing to protect you, your family and your therapist.
At All About Therapy, safety is our top priority. We are carefully monitoring emerging COVID-19 developments and state guidelines. We have used this information to create a protocol to keep your family and our occupational therapists (OTs) safe.
While we’ve been working to ensure we can continue to offer in-person therapy as safe as we can, we’ve also had a very positive response to virtual visits and offer those as a recommended alternative.
Whether virtual or in person, all of our therapy services still take place in the child’s natural environment.
Our preferred (and safest) treatment methods are listed in order:
- In-person, but the visit takes place in an outdoor setting (coaching model preferred)
- In-person inside a dedicated space (not a closed space) using the coaching model. By leveraging the coaching model, therapist contact with your child is greatly minimized. Therapy is conducted with the therapist, child and parent/guardian. They are coaching the adult through the session to provide activities with your child.
In cases where one of the three options above are not possible, we ask that therapy take place in a dedicated space with no other children present and restricted only to the adults necessary for the session. In addition, we ask you to consider discussing the option of alternating each week between in person and teletherapy with your OT.
How we keep you and our OTs safe
Our OTs are taking their temperature daily. If they have a temperature, they will cancel your appointment.
When seeing patients in person, our OTs will do the following:
- Wear a face covering (unless otherwise agreed upon by OT and parent/guardian)
- Sanitize hands before and after each appointment and/or wear disposable gloves.
- They will not bring anything into your home that is not absolutely necessary. If they need to bring an item to be used for therapy, it will be sanitized ahead of time and afterwards.
We have an absolutely wonderful staff of pediatric occupational therapists that we want to keep healthy, both for you and for their families. They are dedicated to your child and to continuing to provide you with services. We ask that adults and children, who are able, make an effort to wear face coverings when involved in therapy.
In situations where adults cannot maintain 6 feet of distance or more from your OT, please consider the use of a face covering.
For all sessions that take place in person, your OT is required to ask you (or the adult/guardian present) the following health screening questions:
- Does anyone in your household have a temperature greater than 100.4?
- Since our last in-person visit, has anyone in your household had any of these symptoms?
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Or 2 or more of the following symptoms (fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell)
- Has anyone in your household recently traveled out of the area?
- Has anyone in your household been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?
If the answer is yes to any of the above questions, your session may be cancelled for that day and possibly for subsequent visits. Each cancellation decision will be on a case by case basis. Likewise, your session (and possibly subsequent ones) will be cancelled if your OT is experiencing any of the above symptoms.
If you are not present for your child’s visit due to them being in a daycare, we assume that the answers to these questions are no and that you are following the daycare guidelines. If any of the answers to the above questions are yes, please notify your OT prior to the appointment.
We thank you for all the understanding and patience throughout this entire process.