Before conducting each in-person session at a client’s home, allied health assistants are required to conduct a pre-therapy screen. This can be a 5-minute phone call, an sms or email to answer some safety questions before proceeding with the session.
As a reminder, for those with COVID-19 exposure, please see the COVID-19 Test and Isolate National Protocols.
The pre-therapy phone screen is as follows: In the last 7 days, have you or anybody within the household:
- Tested positive or presumptively positive for COVID-19 or been identified as a potential carrier of the COVID-19 virus or similar communicable illness?
- Experienced any symptoms commonly associated with Covid-19 (such as cough, fever, difficulty breathing, muscle aches and pains or general exhaustion)?
- Been in direct contact with or in the immediate vicinity of any person who then knew and/or now is known to be infected with COVID-19 or has been identified as a potential carrier of COVID-19?
- Finished their isolation period in response to testing positive or being a close contact for COVID-19?
We then invite the client or the client’s parent/guardian to ask the same questions back to the allied health assistant.
If either party answers YES to any of the above questions, the in-person therapy session SHOULD NOT go ahead, and alternative arrangements such as telehealth should proceed where appropriate.
Either the client or client’s parent/guardian or allied health assistant has the right to decline in-person sessions at any time. If these instructions require clarification please contact Ally Assist.