Update: 26 June 2020

Due to the changing government recommendations regarding COVID-19, we are continuously working to put these recommendations in place, as well as additional precautions. We have outlined below any service adjustments we have in place, to allow us to work together in keeping our clients, staff and the community safe throughout this time. We will continue conversations with all those affected by this as the situation continues to evolve.  

Our Support Services

Centre-based, Group, Community Access Services

Status: Service Active - Adjustments in Place

All of our centre-based, group, Community Access services are operating with precautions in place.

 

Centre-Based Community Access Sites:

- Temperature checks of clients will be recorded by staff upon arrival.

- Activities will be undertaken according to social distancing guidelines (1p per 4 sqm).

- Unisson will provide disposable cutlery and utensils.

- Thorough cleaning and disinfecting of areas after breaks and during the day will take place.

- Additional staff will be engaged for continual disinfecting of areas.

- Unisson (SIL) clients will access centres separately to external clients (i.e. those living with their families or other SIL providers).

- Clients travelling from their own / family homes or other SIL homes (non-Unisson) are encouraged to avoid using public transport.

 

Community Access - In the Community:

We will provide opportunities for clients to access the community safely.  Following the current government guidelines and avoiding areas that are crowded unnecessarily. We will encourage clients to spend time in the open, such as at a park, going for a walk or even a picnic or BBQ.

 

Respite (STA)

Status: Service Suspended

Our Respite (STA) service has been temporarily suspended until further notice.

 

Supported Employment

Status: Service Active - Adjustments in Place

Our Supported Employment service is operating with precautions put in place. The below information is related to Packs Works & Ground Works.

- Clients travelling from their own / family homes or other SIL homes (non-Unisson) are encouraged to avoid using public transport.

- Temperature checks of clients will be recorded by staff upon arrival.

- The workplace will be set up according to social distancing guidelines (1person per 4sqm).

- Unisson will provide disposable cutlery and utensils.

- Staggered breaks will be in place to limit interaction with other supported employees.

- Thorough cleaning and disinfecting of workspaces after breaks and during the day will take place.

- Unisson (SIL) clients will access workspaces separately to external supported employees (i.e. those living with their families or other SIL providers).

 

View our Supported Employment Easy Read document.

 

Support Coordination

Status: Service Active - Adjustments in Place

Our Support Coordination service is operating with meetings taking place via digital means where possible. 

 

View our Support Coordination Easy Read document.

 

Supported Living

Status: Service Active - Adjustments in Place

Our Supported Living service is operating with precautions in place. The below cautions are also relevant to any shared living services.

- At this stage, we are recommending that group support in the community remain on hold. This is due to the inability for support staff to ensure appropriate physical distancing is always in place. This will be reviewed, as necessary.

- During support, we will limit access to crowded shopping centres.  If it is necessary to access a shopping centre, it is required to practice hygiene and social distancing measures for staff and clients.  We recommend attending smaller centres and following the guidelines of the centre.

- Continue to maintaining 1.5-metre social distancing while in the community.

- Encouraging clients to still use online shopping, however, we will not restrict access to the shopping centre if that is preferred.

- If supporting clients to attend beauty or hair appointments, we will ensure the retailer is practising the 1 person per 4sqm rule.  Depending upon client support needs, we may support the client to the appointment and wait outside within sight.  The use of hand sanitiser and the social distancing rules apply in this setting.

- Where appropriate we avoid the use of public transport.

- Continue providing opportunities for clients to access the community safely.  Following the current government guidelines and avoiding areas that are crowded unnecessarily.  We aim to spend time in the open in a park, go for a walk and even a picnic or BBQ.

- Medical appointments will be supported physically if telehealth is not an option.  Social distancing rules apply.  Depending upon client support needs, we may support a client to the appointment and wait outside.

 

View our Supported Living Easy Read document.

 

Shared Living

Status: Service Active - Adjustments in Place

Our Shared Living service is operating with precautions put in place. The precautions outlined above within Supported Living, also apply to Shared Living services. 

- At this stage, we are recommending that group activities in the community remain on hold. This is due to the inability for support staff to ensure appropriate social distancing is always in place. This will be reviewed, as necessary. 

- External visitors to homes will be allowed.

- Visitors will be limited to two people at a time.

- A Decision Tree will be completed by staff, prior to visitors entering the home.

- Where possible the visit is to take place separate to the main body of the house and separate to housemates.

- Social distancing will be practised.

- Thorough cleaning and disinfecting of all areas accessed by visitors will be completed by staff.

 

Visits to family homes/ stays

- Temperature checks will be done for clients prior to and upon return from their visit.

- Staff will encourage clients to wash their hands and practice increased hygiene practices.

 

Return to Other Provider Programs

The return to day programs and ADE/employment services that are run by other providers will be dependent on whether the provider's risk management plan of ADE and external CAS is aligned with Unisson’s approach, an assessment will be made by the client's Manager and Regional Manager.
 

View our Shared Living Easy Read document.

Our Businesses

Blue Apple Art Studios

Status: Business Active - Adjustments in Place

Our Blue Apple Art Studio Centre has re-opened face-to-face services while continuing to provide online art sessions. Precautions have been put in place to ensure the safety of our clients.

- Hand sanitiser will be provided for everyone to use when entering or leaving the space.

- Temperature checks will occur upon arrival.

- Surfaces are to be wiped down with disinfectant as well as at the beginning of the day, at morning tea, at lunch, and at the end of the day.

- A roster will be printed out at the beginning of each day and the person who is on ‘driveway duty’ will follow the decision tree each time a person arrives.

- The person’s accommodation service or family member will be required to stay until after the temperature is taken and they are OK to enter.

- A person’s name will be ticked off as being ‘present’ once they reach this stage. This will prevent people from attending who are not meant to be coming in that day.

- There will be signage in each room indicating maximum occupancy.

- Markings have been laid on the floor to indicate where people should stand where appropriate.

- Tables and chairs have been set up to adhere to appropriate physical distancing.

- Regular cleaning of the site will take place.

 

View our Community Access Services Easy Read document.

 

Unisson Works (Pack Works & Ground Works)

Status: Business Active - Adjustments in Place

Our Supported Employment business, Unisson Works, has re-opened to staff and will function as normal with precautions in place. 

- Hand sanitiser will be provided for everyone to use when entering or leaving the workplace.

- Temperature checks will occur upon arrival.

- Surfaces are to be wiped down with disinfectant as well as at the beginning of the day, at morning tea, at lunch, and at the end of the day.

- A roster will be printed out at the beginning of each day and the person who is on ‘driveway duty’ will follow the decision tree each time a person arrives.

- The person’s accommodation service or family member will be required to stay until after the temperature is taken and they are OK to enter.

- A person’s name will be ticked off as being ‘present’ once they reach this stage. This will prevent people from attending who are not meant to be coming in that day.

- There will be signage in each room indicating maximum occupancy.

- Markings have been laid on the floor to indicate where people should stand where appropriate.

- Tables and chairs have been set up to adhere to appropriate physical distancing.

- Regular cleaning of the site will take place.

- Supported employees are to bring their own lunch rather than going down to the shop at lunchtime.

- We will appropriately staff the break times to make sure that you can adhere to social distancing, staggering break times so that there are limited numbers of people in the break room at one time.

 

View our Supported Employment Easy Read document.

 

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