As we know, some individuals with developmental disabilities are at higher risk of facing complications from COVID-19 (or any illness). For this reason, the RCBDD recommends limiting social interactions as much as possible, especially in large crowds . That said, the decision to limit social interactions for people receiving services should be made on an individual basis, in consultation with an individual, individual's guardian if applicable, provider, and interdisciplinary team.
As providers, it is recommended you follow the guidelines below:
- If you or a family member in your home have any signs of illness such as a fever or cough, do not come to work. If you start to feel ill while at work, go home as soon as possible. You should also contact your doctor if you are sick. If you are scheduled to work and must miss or leave due to illness, you must make sure the person has any supports or supervision needed to ensure safety before doing so. Agency employees - follow the policies and guidance of your employers.
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.
- If you cough or sneeze, cover mouth with tissue or sleeve.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Help prepare the individuals you are providing services for with an action plan. Individuals and families should have an action plan that identifies individual needs that must be met if school or day programs are closed or a 14-day isolation period is required. This includes appropriate food, prescription medications, non-prescription medications like cold and flu aids, medical equipment, and any other items they may need for physical or emotional support while ill. If you are caring for older adults or people with compromised immune systems, keep an eye out for symptoms like difficulty breathing, confusion, or pressure in their chest.
Even with these adjustments, critical work functions will need to continue. We are planning and preparing contingency plans for a variety of situations so we can respond promptly to changes if needed and encourage providers to do so as well.
Goodwill SCO COVID-19 Procedure
Easterseals SCO COVID-19 Procedure
Checklist for Healthcare Providers (ODH)
Checklist for Businesses/Employers (ODH)
Long-Term Care Facilities Guidelines (ODH)
Video for Direct Support Professionals (Toward Independence)
Guidance on Preparing Workplaces (U.S. Department of Labor)