As the country moves into Level 5 of the 'Plan for Living with Covid-19' we would like to explain what this means for the services and supports we provide. So much work was done in recent months to resume and reconfigure services for people and Cope Foundation is hopeful that we will maintain this level of service for people during the new Level 5 restrictions.
The residential services, which have remained open during the pandemic, will continue to do so, and there is no change anticipated with this service. Visits to residential centres are restricted and may be permitted on a case by case basis.
In terms of the multidisciplinary supports provided by Cope Foundation, these will continue as they have been for the past few months. It will continue to be challenging to deliver these services, which have resulted in a reduced capacity, but therapists are working in different ways to be there for people.
Unfortunately, respite services for adults and children are closed, and it is not likely that these will reopen while the country is in Level 5. We are aware that this is incredibly difficult for a lot of people we support and their families, and we are acutely mindful of how challenging it is to be without this vital service. We will do what we can to resume respite when it is safe to do so. Emergency respite may be accommodated on a case by case basis.
Cope Foundation is determined to provide services safely to people over the coming weeks, but as is the nature of the Covid-19 situation, circumstances may change. People supported by the organisation and their families will be kept up to date with any changes.
Sean Abbott, Chief Executive of Cope Foundation, says, "It's been a difficult time for the people we support in Cope Foundation and their families. We want to assure families and communities that our services and supports will remain the same during Level 5 restrictions. Everyone at Cope Foundation has worked hard to reopen and resume most of our services over the past three months, and we are hopeful we can maintain this level of service for people we support over the coming weeks as we continue to monitor the situation carefully".