Sunshine’s approach to this pandemic remains centered on the greater community health impact to those we serve, our employees, their families, and our larger Northwest Ohio connections. We have been both proactive and reactive with each specific audience as breaking news has unfolded.
Sunshine has made the decision to temporarily stop all vocational and day programming services that we provide on base through end-of-day Saturday, April 18th. We have also suspended participation in these services for individuals who live in our residential community and have chosen other providers for their vocational needs. Through this period, Sunshine Vocational Services is offering day programming in our residential homes and supported living sites. A Vocational manager is assigned as the liaison to each home coordinating meaningful activities for the residents. These managers visit each home at least twice weekly, providing activity bags and supplies as well as integrating technology in routines. We will continue to reassess and make another announcement as circumstances warrant.
Sunshine has also put in place a no-visitation rule that prohibits non-essential medical/care personnel from entering any of our residential homes or facilities. This includes, but is not limited to, family members and guardians of individuals that we serve at any of our ICF facilities, family care homes and supported living sites where we provide services. This policy remains consistent with the Governor’s orders out of Columbus. We understand the difficulty this poses, and are actively working on strategies (using technology) to allow families and guardians to see their loved ones. In the event a family member or guardian insists on removing an individual from their residential setting, we will ask them to maintain care/residence for that individual until this mandate has been lifted.
We continue to screen all employees who return from travel, both domestic and international. Any employee returning from international travel is being held on 14-day self-quarantine as a safety precaution. In addition, we have educated all of our employees on a self-screening assessment protocol to be executed prior to each and every shift. As an additional precaution, we are asking management to intervene and do additional assessments when any essential medical/care professional is showing symptoms of illness.