As leaders in behavioral healthcare, RehabCompanion.com, is making every effort to assure clients of drug and alcohol rehab centers and their families that the addiction treatment industry is taking every measure to protect them during this dynamic situation. Many of the treatment centers listed on our website will continue to remain open because they are considered essential healthcare services, and therefore they (and we) are closely monitoring information provided by key government, regulatory, and local entities. In the interest of protecting the health and safety of rehab patients, staff, and American citizens in general, the Rehabcompanion.com is recommending the following guidelines be implemented by all residential and outpatient addiction treatment providers:
Facility Services and Programs
- Many of the treatment facilities that we list remain fully operational. As such, they should be actively monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19 in both patients and staff members. They should be taking proactive steps to keep their patients and treatment team members safe while continuing to serve the needs of their communities. They should be actively monitoring and implementing all recommendations made by the CDC and local regulatory and health authorities.
- Community education programs and family events should be canceled or postponed; please see event details on our provider’s own websites, and follow us on Facebook for updates.
- Treatment providers should be implementing additional training for employees on handwashing and hand sanitization, and insist upon strict employee and client compliance with washing and sanitizing hands thoroughly and often.
- Facilities should increase the frequency of thorough cleaning and sanitization of their centers, including intake rooms, surfaces, and common areas.
All in-person visitation should be greatly reduced if not cancelled. RehabCompanion.com strongly encourages the use of electronic communication methods including telemedicine, extended phone hours, and other methods that retain all-important social distancing. If in-person visitation is required, visitation should be limited based on stringent facility guidelines, and all visitors should be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to being granted entry to any facility.
The CDC recommends individuals and families follow everyday preventive measures including:
- Practice 6-foot social distincing during all activities in both residential and outpatient treatment programs whenever possible
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue when possible and then dispose of the tissue. If a tissue is not redaily available, cover coughs and sneezes with one’s arm
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60-95% alcohol content, and rub hands for at least 20 seconds, just like during hand-washing.
- Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects with common household cleaners.
- Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms!,
- The CDC now recommends that even people who are seemingly well also wear a facemask to protect both themselves, and especially others, from the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, as asymptomatic transmission of the virus seems to be readily possible. You should especially wear a mask if you are showing symptoms of fever, cough, chest tightness etc.
- If you develop a fever or cough or have difficulty breathing, or have had close contact with someone who has had a presumptive-positive or confirmed-positive COVID-19 test result, please seek medical attention immediately by calling your primary care provider’s office or local urgent care center. For more information regarding the novel coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.
Thank you for your cooperation and for being an advocate for the health and care of your loved ones and all addiction treatment patients. Let us know if you have any questions or need assistance with the treatment admissions process.