The pre-COVID care model for children with complex/challenging mental health-related behaviours, was 3-6 months of live-in treatment, with youth returning to their homes on weekends. This model could not be supported from an infection control perspective due to the risk of transmission during the pandemic. Virtual supports to these families were insufficient, leading to potential for family breakdown.
- HANDS developed, implemented and evaluated a brief intensive model of care for families that would benefit from residential treatment.
- The model offers a short live-in component as part of virtual supports, thereby reducing the risk of transmission and keeping youth, families and staff safe.
- Developed a model of care informed by and responsive to infection control challenges using Nurse Consultant as a resource, and includes a process and outcome evaluation.
- Reviewed literature/evidence from both a therapeutic approach and IPAC perspective.
- Developed infection control manual with daily routines/practices specific to Treatment Center.
- Provided education/resources on IPAC including use of PPE to staff with audit by Nurse Consultant (NC) re: donning/doffing of PPE; encourage staff to use Nurse Consultant.
- Site assessment and review of IPAC manual completed by Public Health.
- Pilot model with one youth to refine processes as needed.
For more information on Implementing Incident Management System (IMS) at HANDS, contact Andrea Roberts, firstname.lastname@example.org