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Coronavirus information

Coronavirus

We will be keeping you updated with all changes and temporary closures to our services as a result of the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic in this section of our website. 

For the vast majority of people, COVID19 is a short lived illness which can cause: High temperature, shortness of breath and cough as the most common symptoms from which people make a full recovery.

Currently, there are 24,698 cases in the Republic of Ireland.

COMMUNICATION TO PARENTS AND FAMILIES RE RE-OPENING PHASE

We hope you and your family are safe and well.

On Friday May 8th, the Government announced its roadmap for reopening society and business and to transition from the lockdown put in place to protect the country from Covid 19.

It is planned to re-open different sectors over a series of phases between May 18th and August 10th. This does not mean that the virus has gone away, however and the re-opening will have to be carefully managed.

We in Rehab Group have begun careful and detailed planning for the re-opening of our services. We are working closely with our funders and other agencies, following guidelines and using best practice to ensure that when we do begin the process of re-opening, that it is done in a way which ensures the safety and protection of all those who use our services. Social distancing will continue, as well as good hygiene practices, and the safety of those using our services will continue to be foremost in our minds.

So far, thanks to the dedication and commitment of all our staff, we as an organisation have had very few cases of the virus in services. While we have had to change how we deliver our services, we have tried to continue to ensure that everyone is taken care of. We must continue to do that when the re-opening starts.

That means we must plan very carefully for the re-opening. Working together, and in partnership with our funders, we are drawing up very detailed plans for managing a safe re-opening. We will be communicating these plans to you as soon as they are finalised and as soon as we are sure that we are operating fully in line with HSE guidance.

The announcement of the re-opening is good news. But we can’t relax. In fact we will have to work just as hard to ensure that the phased re-opening of services and centres continues to mean that our staff and those using our services are fully protected from the virus.

Rehab Group is updating regularly on the spread of Coronavirus /COVID19 across the country. We are working hour by hour as the situation evolves. We are working as best we can to help #FlattentheCurve.

Our number one priority is the thousands of adults and children who are reliant on us for essential services as we face this challenge as an organisation. Every decision we are making is made based on their needs.  

Please stay tuned to this section of our website and our social media pages for ongoing updates on changes to our services as they happen.

Our dedicated staff are working around the clock to keep some of our essential services, which people are reliant on, open as long as we can, where it is considered safe and on advice from the HSE.

Rehab is continuing to monitor the situation as it happens while taking our lead from the HSE.  #Covid19Ireland

Take a look at this video to see how our staff are adapting to our new way of working

Here is a message from our Interim CEO, Barry McGinn on how Rehab is adapting during this pandemic to continue to support our most vulnerable people.

RehabCare

Although by now many of our Respite and Day care services have been closed in line with HSE and Government advice, our dedicated Care staff are working hard to ensure that critical care continues to be provided to those most at need.

Day services, which began to wind down on March 18th, have now completed prioritisation and risk assessments to ensure safe provision continues to meet the need of those categorised as 'at risk'.

All ‘cocooning’ guidelines that were set out in relation to the most vulnerable people in our services are being adhered to, whilst enforcing strict visitor restrictions for people who live in our supported accommodation.

We wish to once again acknowledge the heroic efforts of our Care and Home Support staff for continuing to work on the frontline in this difficult and challenging environment.

All NLN Colleges are now closed until further notice

In line with Government advice announced on Thursday 12th March on a general shutdown of schools, colleges, public buildings and childcare facilities, all National Learning Network colleges will remain closed to students until further notice. 

This action is being taken in order to limit the Coronavirus threat. Our dedicated staff are continuing to work remotely to provide supports and programmes to as many students as possible during this time.

Further measures may be necessary and all arrangements will be kept under continuous review.

All of our centres are continuing to answer emails from prospective students in relation to taking up courses when our centres reopen, so please go to the NLN section of this website and to the centre page in your county, to check out our life-changing courses that can get you into employment or further education.

We are asking all of our students to stay safe, follow HSE advice in relation to hand washing and social distancing.

Follow our social media pages for advice and updates during this time.

Cocooning

For people most at risk, we are giving special advice called 'cocooning'.

Cocooning is for people who are extremely medically vulnerable.

If you are over 70 years of age or have a condition which makes you extremely medically vulnerable, you are strongly advised to cocoon, to reduce the chance of getting COVID-19 and follow the face-to-face distancing measures below. Click here to learn what we mean by extremely medically vulnerable.

The measures are:

  • strictly avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of COVID-19. These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough do not leave your house
  • do not attend any gatherings. This includes gatherings of friends and families in private spaces for example family homes, weddings and religious services
  • do not go out for shopping and, when arranging food or medication deliveries, these should be left at the door to minimise contact
  • keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
  • do use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services
  • ensure you keep phones/devices charged, and have credit on your phone so that you can stay connected

It means you should stay at home at all times and avoid face-to-face contact. Even within your home, you should minimise all non-essential contact with other members of your household.

Family, carers, neighbours and our public services will help ensure you have the support you need. 

Visits from people who provide essential support to you such as healthcare, personal support with your daily needs or social care should continue, but carers and care workers must stay away if they have any of the symptoms of COVID-19. All people coming to your home should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds on arrival to your house and often whilst they are there. You should have an alternative list of people who can help you with your care if your main carer becomes unwell.

Contact regular visitors to your home, such as friends and family to let them know that you are cocooning and that they should not visit you during this time unless they are providing essential care for you. Essential care includes things like help with washing, dressing, or feeding.

For advice on what to do if you develop Coronavirus/Covid19 symptoms while cocooning, please click here.

For information on what you should do if someone else is living with you, please click here.

For information on how you can get assistance with foods and medicine, please click here.

For advice on how to look after your mental health while cocooning, please click here.

This advice is in place from 27 March 2020 onwards. This period will be kept under review.

Watch this short video on cocooning for more information: 

More Information about Coronavirus / Covid19

This handy pack offers advice for vulnerable people during the Coronavirus outbreak, click here 

If you would like to read our Easy Read Guide to how you can protect yourself against Coronavirus, please click here

To access or Easy Read Guide to handwashing to protect yourself from Coronavirus, please click here

To access posters and graphics for your workplace with information on Coronavirus, hand hygiene and social distancing, please click here.

To access translated resources on Coronavirus, please click here.

For online resources for people with dementia, their families and carers, please click here.

For all of the latest HSE advice on Coronavirus and preventing its spread and symptoms etc., please go to the HSE website here

Visit the Health Protection Surveillance Centre website here

Visit the Department of Health website here

For mental health supports, visit the 'Your Mental Health' page on the HSE website here

Call the HSE Helpline HSELIVE on: 1850 24 1850

Visit the HSE 'Hand Hygiene Information' page here

Interpreting service for deaf people

Deaf people can contact HSELive using Irish Remote Interpreting Service (IRIS).

IRIS is available from 9am to 7pm, Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm on Saturday.

To access the service using Irish Sign Language, book an appointment or email hselive@hse.ie.

COVID-19 Irish Sign Language (ISL) videos

1. What is Coronavirus? 

2. Protection

3. Social Interaction

4. Self-isolation

5. Keeping Well

If you are worried about Coronavirus, awareness is key to prevention. Watch this simple video here and learn how you can protect yourself and others.

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