As a provider of residential and adult day training services to individuals with developmental disabilities we are committed to providing ongoing care and support to those we serve. Inspire of Central Florida is implementing emergency management protocols in response to this unprecedented pandemic that is impacting all of our lives. We ask for your patience and understanding in assisting us with complying with new standards to reduce our residents, specialists and the staff who support them to potential exposure to COVID-19. We are receiving updates on a daily basis, which may impact our operations, and will share them with you as they are released to us.
Business Customers: We remain committed to providing exceptional services at a competitive price. As of today, we remain in operation, although we have experienced a reduction in our work force due to social distancing and some individuals choosing to shelter in place. We will continue to update you on our situation.
5th Annual Inspire Golf Classic: The golf tournament has been postponed until June 15th.
Inspired Living: Residents of Inspired Living will not be attending the Adult Day Training (ADT) program through the end of March, this is subject to extension. Daily temperature screenings are being conducted on all staff and residents. For the next 30 days, all individuals will be prohibited from entering our Inspired Living residential facility;
Limited exceptions will apply:
· Family members and friends during end of life situations;
· Hospice or palliative care workers caring for residents in end-of-life situations;
· Any individual providing necessary health care to a resident;
· Facility staff;
· Facility residents;
· Representatives of the state and federal government seeking entry as part of their official duties, including, but not limited to, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, representatives of the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Health, the Department of Elderly Affairs, the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, protection and advocacy organizations under 42 U.S.C. s. 15041, the Office of the Attorney General, any law enforcement officer, and any emergency medical personnel.
Further, any of these individuals seeking entry into any Inspire facility under a limited exception will not be allowed into the facility if they meet any of the screening criteria below:
· Any person infected with COVID-19 who has not had two consecutive negative test results separated by 24 hours;
· Any person showing, presenting signs or symptoms of, disclosing the presence of a respiratory infection, including, cough, fever, shortness of breath, or sore throat;
· Any person who has been in contact with any person(s) known to be infected with COVID-19, or a close contact of someone known to be infected with COVID-19 within the past 14 days;
· Any person who traveled through any airport within the past 14 days; or
· Any person who traveled on a cruise ship within the last 14 days.
Daily Screening: All staff, specialists and visitors will be instructed to use hand sanitizer and their temperature will be checked upon entry to the facility. All authorized visitors will also be required to respond to the 3-question Visitor Questionnaire provided by APD. Any affirmative responses will result in denial of admission into any Inspire facility.
Adult Day Training: Although the Adult Day Training facility remains open for business, the aforementioned criteria on visitations will be strictly adhered to. If possible, you are encouraged to keep your specialists at home, at least through the end of March. Any specialist exhibiting signs or symptoms of COVID-19 will be sent home immediately. If you do not have an alternative care plan, you must develop one now.
Operation G.R.O.W.: As of last Friday, Operation G.R.O.W. outings, including the operation of the two locations of the Inspire Your Day Café, as well as other volunteer locations, were suspended until further notice.
What You Should Know:
COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. Other people may contract COVID-19 by touching infected objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure. Most people recover from COVID-19 without needing special treatment. The elderly and those with underlying medical problems are more likely to develop serious illness.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The FDOH recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
- Staying home when you are sick and avoiding contact with persons in poor health;
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
- Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue;
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol; and
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
We sincerely appreciate your assistance with these guidelines. The safety of our residents and staff are our top priority. Our staff have been diligently focused on ensuring all cleaning protocols are enhanced and documenting ongoing health and well-being of our residents. All of our specialist’s and resident's temperatures will be monitored on a daily basis and we will continue to work closely with their caregivers and/or guardians should health concerns emerge.
I am inspired by the professionalism and commitment of all of our staff, especially from our direct support professionals, their supervisors and our leadership teams who provide compassionate care to those we serve. We are all working diligently to implement emergency protocols to respond to this extraordinary challenge.
Please help Inspire to keep our specialists and staff as healthy as possible.
Stephanie Ryan, Executive Director