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, COVID-19 is a short lived illness. The most common symptoms are a high temperature, shortness of breath and cough; from which, most people make a full recovery.
Rehab Group services will remain open during Level 5 Lockdown
A message from Rehab Group, CEO, Barry McGinn
As all of the RehabCare services provided by Rehab are essential, they will remain open and continue to operate under Level 5 Lockdown. It is critical that all of our service users and students carry a letter stating that they plan to attend an essential service, to facilitate their travel to and from the service.
Our NLN centres have been deemed essential at this time in all areas, and while remote delivery options continue to be utilised for many students, direct and on-site engagement is to continue at the current levels as many of our students face difficulties with remote learning and independent study.
Our Rehab Enterprises sites will also continue to operate with the exception of our Smiles shops, the majority of which have remained closed since the first lockdown in March
Under Level 5 restrictions, visiting other homes or gardens is no longer permitted, except in compassionate and exceptional circumstances. For many of the people that use our services, visits to family members are not seen as social visits but as an essential part of that person's care. Under the new guidelines, persons living alone are also permitted to form ‘social bubbles’ with other households within the 5km limit.
The guidance asks that public transport should continue to be avoided if possible, but for some of our students and service users, public transport is critical to enable them to attend their service or centre. Please note, however, Level 5 restrictions mean that public transport will have a reduced capacity, running at just 25pc, which may affect some service users and students travelling to our services by bus or train.
The rates of community transmission have surged once again, and as such, we all have a part to play in ensuring everyone's safety. One of the key strategies to manage the risks of COVID-19 is to do everything in our power to avoid its introduction into our services. If infection is not introduced it cannot take hold and spread. It is more important than ever that all staff ensure full compliance with measures such as social distancing and the use of face coverings.
Right now, the safest way to protect yourself is to assume that everybody could potentially have COVID 19, including yourself. Reduce your contacts to the absolute minimum, wash your hands frequently and adhere to the two metre social distancing rules at all times. We have strong infection prevention controls in our workplaces and we will continue to do everything that we can to keep all of our employees and service users as safe as possible, but this now requires a wider community effort. Everybody has a personal responsibility to closely follow all of the public health guidance.
Our primary goal over the coming six weeks is to continue to provide supports to the people in our services and to ensure that we all play our part in preventing the spread of infection. Each one of us must do everything we possibly can to avoid taking any risks.
We will continue to keep you updated on any further changes as they emerge.
For now, please stay safe and stay well,
CEO Barry McGinn
Reopening our Care Services from August
The Rehab Group is acutely aware of how difficult the past number of months have been for the people who use our services and their families and how eager many are to return to their service. Amidst the public health emergency, many of our staff have kept their vital services running as close to normal as possible, particularly in our residential and home support and some of our respite and Day services, but now our attention is focused on how we need to adapt the remaining services so we can fully re-open. For the safety of the people who use our services, as well as our staff, resuming the provision of Day service supports has to be approached carefully and must be underpinned by continued public health guidance and the Government’s planned phases for reopening the country.
The HSE has advised us that service resumption, in line with public health guidelines can commence on a gradual basis from August onwards. The HSE has also issued guidance regarding the re-opening of Day services, and also the reshaping of disability services in light of Covid-19 and beyond. We are currently working through this guidance to consider what it means in terms of local day-to-day service delivery. In the interim, our staff will continue to provide support off-site to those whose services have been affected by this national public health emergency.
A significant focus of our work over the next few weeks will be identifying the needs of each individual person in our services to determine what level of face-to-face support can be provided on-site in our centres and what can be provided to supplement this by other means. We will continue to engage with families directly on this planning work.
As we have moved to re-open more of our services from August onwards, please rest assured, that we will continue to take all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 within our services by carrying out regular temperature checks, maintaining good hygiene and social distancing practices. We will also continue to liaise with the HSE and continue to follow national guidance from Public Health and the Department of Health.
Thank you for your cooperation, support and patience as we endeavour to keep everyone safe in this challenging time. We look forward to updating you all again soon.
Phased Re-opening of NLN from August 31st
National Learning Network has taken a cautious and measured approach to plans for welcoming students back to our colleges and our priority is to make sure students and staff are as safe as possible at all times.
We are very much aware that our students are very eager to return to their colleges and some people have not adapted as well to the shift from on-site to remote learning.
The process to re-open our training centres is based on Government guidelines, taking into consideration the needs of each student. We are currently in the process of assessing every individual student’ needs, and identifying and developing learning plans to be delivered both on and off-site based on the needs of each student in order to minimise risks as far as possible.
As soon as these assessments are completed, we will then start to welcome back our students on a phased basis adhering to all public health guidelines from August onward.
We hope to be in a position to open all of our training centres at reduced onsite capacity from August 31st in line with our funder’s direction. We will be in contact with our students directly to confirm dates and will continue to support and engage with them remotely as we have done since the beginning of the pandemic.
We all have our part to play in keeping Covid-19 infection rates as low as possible and to slow the transmission of the virus from person to person. Thank you for your continued patience and support and we look forward to welcoming back our students from August onwards.
Communication to parents and families regarding our re-opening phase
We are eager for Rehab to open its doors as quickly and as safely as possible. So, we want to take this opportunity to update you as to where we are with our plans to re-open Rehab.
Many of our critical services have remained open throughout this public health emergency and our dedicated staff continue to deliver care on the front-line to many vulnerable people in their own homes and through the continued provision of respite care. Now, we are very much looking forward to re-opening Day services, resource centres and our National Learning Network colleges and increasing face-to-face service delivery over the coming months, even if the way we deliver our services may look a little different than before.
Thanks to the dedication and commitment of our staff, we, as an organisation have ensured that the people who use our services have been protected from the virus. We must now do everything we can to keep it that way. Right now, a very experienced team in Rehab Group is working on a plan to re-open our doors, carefully and on a phased basis, following all the guidelines from the experts. This team is focused on getting the people we support back into the services they value so much.
Our re-opening will be done in three phases. Watch this video for more information: