As announced by Premier Ford Thursday, the province is gradually permitting services delivered by health professionals to resume as long as health and safety preconditions are met.
As part of stage 1 reopening of the province, regulated health professionals such as Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists, as well as Board Certified Behaviour Analysts (BCBAs), are considered health professionals.
Services delivered by these professionals may resume if specified pre-conditions are met, and provided they operate in compliance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of public health officials.
Grandview has been offering many services virtually since March 18th, through telepractice – telephone and video applications. The Government is encouraging us to continue to provide virtual and alternative service models, where appropriate.
As we begin to make thorough and thoughtful plans for resuming in-person services, we will continue to offer pragmatic and innovative approaches to keep Grandview families, clients, staff and volunteers safe and supported. We will follow the guidance of our local public health authorities to ensure compliance with health and safety precautions.
It is going to take time to plan full reopening. We need to ensure access to appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We also need to organize the logistics of our staff resources, given schools and child care centres remain closed and many of your beloved clinicians (our talented staff) are also parents of young children.
We miss seeing you and your children in-person and Thursday’s news is welcomed and uplifting.
We ask for your ongoing patience as we finalize the safest plan to welcome you back into Grandview sites. For now, we will continue telepractice virtual services until we are confident that we are ready to resume safe in-person services. We do anticipate a phased approach. I commit to keeping you up to date over the next week. Please know we will be working as hard as we can to “see” you soon.