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Coronavirus Update

Covid-19 UpdateThe Disability Trust has taken a decision to limit some of our services to protect vulnerable people in our care during the COVID-19 crisis.

In light of the significant risk to the many vulnerable members of our community we are acting to do our part to “flatten the curve” of community transmission wherever we can.

This is a very significant decision for our organisation that impacts a lot of people, both our valued clients and our fantastic staff, and it is entirely unprecedented in the history of The Disability Trust. Wherever possible we will be redeploying our staff to work in other locations.

We recognise that this decision will cause significant disruption and changes for many and for this we apologise and we will try to support people to adapt to this wherever possible.

This decision has been driven by our unflagging commitment to the health and safety of our many clients, some of whom are at risk of serious illness if they contract the virus, and as such this is the right decision at this point to support their safety and other vulnerable members of our community.

The following restrictions and limitations to service will occur immediately.

SIL Group Homes

SIL group homes will continue with additional infection control in place and limitations to accessing public spaces. We will look for safe (uncrowded outdoor spots) for people to recreate as required. Residents and families will receive direct communication in relation to precautions.

Individual or Group Access to General Community Settings

We will no longer be able to take people into the general community where we cannot practice good social distancing. We will support people to move essential services such as shopping to on-line. Groups will remain centre based for the remainder of the week and we will do what we can to minimise contact between people in centres. No people who are sick will be permitted to attend any group based activities effective immediately.

Day Programs (Club Trust) and SLES

Groups will remain centre based for the remainder of this week and we will do what we can to minimise contact between people in centres. All day programs will then close from Monday 23rd March 2020 for an initial period of 8 weeks. We will review daily during this time frame. No people who are sick will be permitted to attend any group based activities effective immediately.

Trusted Support Coordination

Trusted Support Coordination will continue providing support through telephone contact. We are unable to provide face to face meetings. Our team members are prepared to be able to work from home as that need arises.

Short Term Accommodation

Group STA at facilities will close for an 8 week period. Please contact us directly to discuss future bookings.

In-Home Care 

We will continue to provide any essential in-home care and utilise added precautions and infection control procedures.

Sport and Recreation Services

All Sport and Recreation services will close immediately for an 8 week period.

Sport and Recreation Camps

Camps will immediately be suspended for 3 months and reviewed during this time.

Trusted Clinical Services

Trusted Clinical Services staff will continue to honour services, by offering remote connection where appropriate (phone or video link). Clinical Services staff will be in touch with you to discuss your individual circumstances.

Vacation Care

Vacation Care will be cancelled for the April 2020 school holidays. (Monday 13th April 2020 to Friday 24th April 2020)

Trusted Travel

All Trusted Travel planned holidays will remain suspended for 3 months effective immediately.

Trusted Plan Management

Trusted Plan Management will continue with access via the phone.

The Plant Room Café 

The Plant Room Café will close from Monday 23rd March for an 8 week period.

Sport and Recreation Services

All Sport and Recreation services will close immediately for an 8 week period.

Sport and Recreation Camps

Camps will immediately be suspended for 3 months and reviewed during this time.

Illawarra Vocational Services (ADE)

IVS will continue with small crews of one or two people to maintain external contracts. Supported employees will not use public transport to attend work.

DES Services

Employment consultants will have telephone appointments only. Please contact your Workskills or Workability offices for further information.

We will endeavour to keep you updated via email if relevant, or via regular updates on our website:

https://www.disabilitytrust.org.au/

Please report any infections if you have been in contact with our staff or clients. If you have serious concerns of the impact on changes in service, please contact your local office to discuss how we can support you through this difficult time. As this public health emergency continues, we know that our response will need to keep developing.




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