Play for Real reopens for Direct Therapy

PFR Repens for Direct Therapy

Play for Real reopens for Direct Therapy

Play for Real is very pleased to announce that we are open again for direct therapy. Our main concern is the safety of you, our families and our staff, so we have introduced a number of changes to reduce the potential spread of Coronavirus until cases are seen to be falling and stabilizing locally.

Telehealth Still Strongly Recommended

As long as it is effective, Telehealth will continue to be our recommended form of therapy wherever possible. Remote therapy provides the least risk for everyone involved. When direct therapy is indicated, we have introduced new procedures, following federal and state health guidelines, to avoid or keep direct contact to a minimum. Sadly, this means our practice of having several families interacting in the main clinic at the same time is suspended until further notice. Although working together provides rich opportunities for children’s social development, the need for safety takes precedence at the present time.

New Safety Procedures for Direct Therapy

Here is a list of some of the main new safety procedures:

  • The waiting room is closed as it becomes too crowded, and instead, clients will be met in the parking lot by their therapist
  • Staff and clients will be screened for Covid symptoms before therapy sessions
  • Appointments will be staggered so clients arrive and leave separately and therapy will be conducted in separate areas
  • Although we love to work with the whole family wherever possible, we are asking for one caregiver per child to attend the session. Unfortunately this means that we cannot include siblings in therapy sessions at this time.
  • Masks will be worn by everyone during sessions, unless indicated otherwise, and we ask for you and your child to bring a mask with you.
  • Staff and families will wash their hands before, during and after sessions
  • Toys and all frequently touched surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between sessions
  • We have also introduced a lot of other changes “behind the scenes” such as improved air filtering in the facility to help keep you safe.

The Play for Real staff realize that some of these procedures will be inconvenient for you at times. They are in place for the safety of you, your child and our staff. We are monitoring the local and global development of the Coronavirus pandemic daily. Play for Real  will relax or increase our additional safety procedures as indicated.

We are excited to be working with our families in person again and welcome you back to Play for Real!

Stay safe!

Warmly

Peter and Lyn Bennett and the Play for Real Therapy Team

Useful Links:

Keeping Children Healthy during the Covid-19 Outbreak

Tips to Protect Children during a Covid-19 Outbreak

 

Coronavirus Update – Play for Real Continues To Provide Services Using Telemedicine

Coronavirus Update – Play for Real Continues To Provide Services Using Telemedicine

For the safety of our clients and staff, and to observe social distancing guidelines during the current Coronavirus situation, Play for Real is now providing therapy using telemedicine. While it has been a rapid transition for us all, our families and staff have been enjoying the remote sessions. Using therapeutic play, our children can have fun and continue to develop the skills they need via a video link. A big thank you to our wonderful parents and caregivers for inviting us into your homes and making this possible! There have been many magic therapy moments that help us all to keep optimistic in these uncertain times.

As our staff are now working mostly from home, there is not always someone here at the clinic to answer the phone. However, we are monitoring calls, so please leave a message and we will get back to you. In the meantime we continue to monitor the situation and will keep you updated.

Stay safe!

Warmly

Peter and Lyn Bennett

and the Play for Real Therapy team

Coronavirus – Play for Real Transitioning to Telemedicine Services

Coronavirus – Play for Real Transitioning to Telemedicine Services

With confirmed cases of COVID-19 rising in Brevard and more families understandably choosing to stay at home, we made the decision to close the clinic for onsite services at the close of business yesterday. However, the Agency for Health Care Administration released a statement yesterday to say that they were expanding telemedicine services for children under medicaid to include therapists during this state of emergency. Our other insurance companies are also working to make this service available to you.

This means that, using real-time audio and video across the internet, our therapists can continue to provide therapy services for you while you remain in the safety of your homes. We will spend the next week implementing a telemedicine delivery format and hope to begin providing remote therapy services by the week beginning March 30.

We will be contacting our clients in due course with more information. We are committed to continuing to provide services for you, our families, and thank you for your understanding in these uncertain times. In the meantime, stay safe!

Warmly

Peter and Lyn Bennett 

and the Play for Real Therapy team

 

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Like everyone, we have been closely monitoring the news of COVID-19. The health and safety of our families, clients and staff have always been a top priority for us and, as the potential for the virus to reach Brevard County increases, we are introducing additional measures to maintain the safety of our clients based on CDC recommendations for minimizing the spread of coronavrus (COVID-19).

Every client who enters the clinic must wash their hands thoroughly prior to beginning their session and again at the end of the session, before leaving the clinic. All working and handling surfaces, such as tabletops, mats, bathroom surfaces, doorknobs and light fixtures are being cleaned multiple times a day.

Play for Real will remain open and continue to provide services to you for the time being. We have always asked that you cancel sessions if your child has a fever, but especially ask that you cancel sessions if any of the following apply:

  • You, your child, or anyone close to you may have been exposed to someone who is symptomatic or has been tested positive for COVID-19 at school or at home, even if no one is symptomatic.
  • You, your child, or anyone close to you has a fever and/or symptoms of upper respiratory infection, even if you believe their symptoms are due to allergy.

We are keeping abreast of the situation with incoming news and will continue to implement measures as recommended by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local emergency responders. We are hopeful that these measures will afford us all increased safety and relatively more peace of mind.

We thank you in advance for your understanding and flexibility as we work together to support your family and our community.

Warmly,

Peter and Lyn Bennett

and the Play for Real Therapy team

Holiday Hours 2019

Snowman picture

HOLIDAY HOURS

Play for Real will be CLOSED on:

Tuesday, December 24 through Friday, December 27,

Tuesday, December 31 & Wednesday, January 1


There will be limited service to existing clients on

Monday December 23 & Monday December 30

We will be open as usual on Thursday, January 2

WE WISH YOU A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON AND ALL THE VERY BEST FOR THE NEW YEAR!

Welcome Cristie, office manager!

Cristie Garrison office manager

Welcome Cristie!

Play for Real is delighted to welcome Cristie Garrison, our new office manager to the team! Cristie has a wealth of experience in healthcare management and will be a great asset for Play for Real. She will be working for us full-time and will likely be the person to greet and help you the next time you call or visit us. Cristie will also be working behind the scenes to help us become more organized so that we can improve the service we offer you. We feel very fortunate to have found Cristie and look forward to working with her!

Play For Real Wishes You All A Very Happy Thanksgiving!

Play For Real Wishes You All A Very Happy Thanksgiving!

Picture of Turkey with Happy Thanksgiving greeting

Play for Real Therapy Services will be closed on Thursday November 28th and Friday November 29th to celebrate Thanksgiving. We are grateful for the privilege of working with our clients and families and for our dedicated staff! We will be open for business as usual on Monday December 2nd.