COVID-19 Safety Measures have been extended
Updated June, 2021
Over the past 16 months, Community Living-Fort Erie has taken rapid and necessary steps to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these changes came about as a result of information from Niagara Public Health authorities that has been updated or amended as we have adapted to the crisis. We have extended many of these measures a number of times since March 2020.
Active screening measures are in place in all our sites and staff have been required to limit their employment in the vulnerable person sector to Community Living-Fort Erie and school boards. Our staff are trained and continuously supported in infection prevention and control, cleaning, and disinfection protocols. Individuals living in Community Living-Fort Erie residential programs have been receiving meaningful virtual and in-person day supports in their homes.
In keeping with recent provincial guidelines, Non-essential visitors must schedule out door visits. Essential visitors are not required to schedule visits to Community Living-Fort Erie sites. Essential visitors may include family members providing care, healthcare providers, and maintenance staff. Where possible and practical, essential family visits should be conducted outdoors while observing physical distancing, hand hygiene, and active screening measures. Community Living-Fort Erie will provide masks, face shields, and any other personal protective equipment necessary to keep these visits safe. Essential overnight absences will continue. Short stay absences from Community Living-Fort Erie residential sites are limited to essential trips, such as medical appointments or school.
Beyond these measures, we are ensuring that all our group homes have the technology they need to keep the people we support happy and connected to their families and friends. Please contact the residential group home staff to arrange phone calls, FaceTime chats, or other virtual connections with your family member.
Specific Community Living-Fort Erie sites may be subject to further restrictions beyond these guidelines. Please consult with the site manager with questions regarding site-specific restrictions.
We will update these restrictions as permitted to do so by the provincial government.
Our Respite day supports and Passport Program supports has been paused due public health restrictions. These programs will remain paused until further notice. While we cannot say exactly what will happen next, we know that reopening our services as we knew them is not an option. This is an opportunity to redesign our services in a way that furthers our core mission of supporting the rights and choices of our community through smaller, more individualized program offerings.
Community Living-Fort Erie Offices
Community Living-Fort Erie has taken steps to significantly limit the number of people entering our administrative office at 615 Industrial Drive. Only essential staff are permitted entry to our offices, and anyone entering must wear a mask and be actively screened before proceeding into the building. Staff entering our Administrative building are required to wear facial protection (a mask) during their workday. All in-person training remains suspended across the Association and required and mandatory training is being provided online. Employees should contact their direct Program Manager before visiting our main office on Industrial Drive to see if the visit is required. People supported should not accompany staff to our main office.
Community Supports, Family Supports and Supported Independent Living
Many individuals supported or affiliated with Community Living – Fort Erie live independently in the community with some or infrequent services from Community Living-Fort Erie. We continue to reach out and support new and existing families with children and adults living at home remotely. We have recommended that people living independently take measures to limit the number of visitors entering their homes and that they practice physical distancing as much as possible.
We must all do our best to keep each other and our communities safe.
We know that vaccines are now available, but basic public health measures like physical distancing and hand washing have never been more important. We remain laser-focused on keeping the people we support and our staff safe. Community Living-Fort Erie staff are trained and experienced in the measures required to meet this challenge.
Until further notice for those who need to submit invoices for Passport or SSAH please fax them into our office attention Kaye Zanatta at 905-871-3339 or scan and email to Kaye Zanatta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will keep you informed as the situation unfolds.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
For the most updated information on Covid-19 MCCSS guidelines please visit MCCSS COVID-19