Wellness Care Farm
Nourishing Hearts Wellness Care Farm’s
COVID-19 Safety & Infection Control Plan and Consent to In-Person Sessions
On May 14th the government announced:
Ontario's first stage of reopening will begin on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, and will include: Certain health and medical services to resume, such as in-person counseling.
On May 15th OCSWSSW announced it:
Continues to strongly advise members to suspend all non-essential social work and social service work services, in compliance with the current provincial emergency orders.
The College cannot decide on behalf of individual members which of their services are essential and/or when it is safe and appropriate for them to resume in-person services. Members must make their own determination, based on:
While some workplaces may re-open and some in-person services may resume as early as May 19, 2020, members must use their professional judgment to determine whether it is appropriate for them to do so at this time. Resuming in-person services may be permitted, but it is not required. Members are advised to use their professional judgment and to continue – wherever reasonably possible – to provide services by electronic means.
Nourishing Hearts Decision
With careful consideration of the outdoor farm setting, the mental health needs, and the safety and infection control measure that can be put into practice, I have made the decision to re-open in-person sessions starting on Monday, June 1st. Clients will have the option to receive in-person sessions at the farm or to continue with tele-services (video). It is my professional judgment that the benefits of in-person sessions outway the current risks, especially with mandatory safety and infection control measures in place at the farm.
The benefits of in-person sessions include:
The following mandatory safety and infection control measures will be in place at the farm:
COVID-19 Consent to In-Person Sessions
The COVID -19 consent form will need to be signed prior to the arrival to the farm. To be eligible for the in-person sessions the client (child/adult), must complete the COVID-19 Screening Assessment before EACH in-person session, the day of the appointment. If the screener outcome is negative, the in-person session can occur. If the outcome is positive, the in-person session will be canceled and the session will be provided via tele-services.
COVID -19 Screening Assessment
2. Have you, a family member or significant person you are in contact with, traveled outside of Canada or had close contact with anyone that has traveled outside of Canada in the past 14 days? Yes No
3. Do you, a family member or significant person you are in contact with, have a fever (37.8C or above)? Yes No
4. Have you, a family member or significant person you are in contact with, had close contact with anyone with respiratory illness or a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19? Yes No
If responses to ALL screening questions is No - Screen is Negative ⇨ Eligible for In-Person Session
If responses to ANY screening question is Yes - Screen is Positive ⇨ Ineligible for In-Person Session
EXAMPLE: Consent to In-Person Counselling Sessions During COVID-19 Pandemic
Please initial the boxes:
⎹ I am aware of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services strongly advises members to suspend all non-essential social work and members are advised to use their professional judgment for in-person services and to continue – wherever reasonably possible – to provide services by electronic means.
⎹ Although the government recommended safety and infection control measures of physical distancing, personal protective equipment (PPE), screening/self-screening, and regular cleaning and disinfection are implemented, I am aware of the risk of being exposed to, contracting and/or becoming a carrier of COVID-19.
⎹ I am aware that the tele-services are still available at any time and in-person sessions are by informed choice.