This message is a refresher of important organizational protocols currently in effect for the health and safety of all staff and residents. We stress that there have been zero COVID-19 cases associated with Springbrook. The Home Unit Rules outlined below are part of our continuing effort to keep it that way for as long as possible.
YOU ONLY WORK IN ONE HOME
All direct support employees are assigned to work in only one home.
COMPLETE THE HEALTH MONITORING CHECK-IN PROCEDURE BEFORE REPORTING TO WORK
For more information, please see this email
, which was sent on April 6. Remember, if you work an extended shift, temperature checks must be repeated every 12 hours.
KEEP YOUR MASK ON AT ALL TIMES
Keep your face mask on for your entire work shift. Please log-in to Dayforce Learning for the recap of the recent mask webinar which covered proper mask use, cleaning, storage, and disposal.
WASH HANDS THOROUGHLY AND OFTEN
Sing “Happy Birthday” through twice; once for yourself, once for a person who you are supporting so they can stay healthy and safe!
DO NOT LEAVE THE HOME UNIT UNTIL THE END OF YOUR SHIFT
Once you arrive at your work location, you must stay at your work location until THE END OF YOUR SHIFT . You may not leave for meal or break times.
NO TRIPS TO ANY STORE FOR ANY REASON
If you are missing an ingredient for a meal or a supply for a project, find a creative alternative, or switch your meal/activity until you can safely acquire what you are missing.
DELIVERY ORDERS ONLY – NO TRIPS TO PICK-UP TAKEOUT
This includes any fast food or drive-thru. Remember, no one is to leave during their shift.
USE SPRINGBROOK’S OUTDOOR SPACES
Do not go to city, village, or state parks. Do not go for walks in the community (sidewalks, etc). You can take a drive with residents, but everyone must stay in the vehicle at all times (staff and residents). If you would like to enjoy some time outside, remain in the yard or schedule a time to use Springbrook’s Oneonta Campus or Main Campus outdoor areas for safe outdoor time.
The Main Campus playground may only be used by one residence at a time, and is reserved for Community Homes use on Sundays from 3 pm to 6 pm. Please bring disinfecting wipes when visiting the playground. Equipment must be disinfected before and after use by each house. If you would like to reserve a playground time, please email GEMSFrontDesk
or Jeff Edelstein
CLEAN AND DISINFECT THE HOUSE THROUGHOUT THE DAY
Any surface that is near a high-traffic area, or touched by multiple staff and/or residents needs attention several times per shift.
DO NOT ALLOW ANY PERSON WHO IS NOT ASSIGNED TO THE HOME UNIT INTO THE HOUSE, FOR ANY REASON
This includes repair/service vendors, deliveries, even other Springbrook employees (like IT or Administrative staff). Facilities staff may enter the home ONLY to fix issues that could negatively affect the health or safety of residents in the home. If you have a question about someone asking to enter the home, DO NOT LET THEM IN. Call the AOC.
KEEP YOUR DISTANCE WITHIN THE HOME
This is a new way of delivering support. It might seem counter-intuitive to stay away to show you care, but you could help save a life by doing just that.
EAT ALONE IN A PRIVATE ROOM
Communal (“family-style”) meals between staff and residents in a shared space in the home should not take place. For your scheduled meal times, find a private room in the home that is not used by residents. Do not eat in shared spaces, like dining/living/sitting rooms (even if no one else is in the room with you).
TAKE BREAKS ALONE
This sacrifice in the short-term will benefit all in the long-term.