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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. 

For the vast majority of people COVID-19 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 4,994 cases in the Republic of Ireland.

Rehab Group is updating regularly on the CoronaVirus /COVID 19 arriving and spreading across the country. We are working hour by hour as the situation evolves. We are working as best we can to #Flatten the Curve.

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

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

RehabCare

Although by now, many of our Respite and Day care services have been closed in line with previous 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 on Friday night in relation to the most vulnerable people in our services are being adhere to, whilst enforcing strict visitor restrictions for people who live in our supported accommodation.

I 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 April 20th.

In line with Government advice announced on Tuesday 24th March on a general shutdown of schools, colleges, public buildings and childcare facilities, all National Learning Network colleges will remain closed to students until Monday, April 20th.

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 for 2 weeks from 27 March 2020. This period will be kept under review.

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 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

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.

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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