Coronavirus updates from Bancroft
Information below updated as of 6/30/20.
Bancroft Staff are considered ESSENTIAL Personnel and will be traveling to and from our locations to support the needs of those in our care. Bancroft is a life-sustaining organization and is essential to the community.
Bancroft family members, loved ones, supporters and partners,
As we continue to monitor Coronavirus in our region, we wanted to keep you updated on the preventative measures being taken and preparations being made here at Bancroft to help keep your loved one healthy.
We are in constant contact with local and state agencies in NJ, PA and DE to gain insight and best practices as new cases of the virus are reported. We are working with program leaders and staff to implement precautionary measures and cleanliness education in all locations and group homes, and identify public areas where we will temporarily limit visits.
We have been working on when and how to introduce family visits with safety and prevention as the guiding principle, and are pleased to announce that Monday, June 15, will be the first day for family visits. We expect stay-at-home orders to be lifted in early June, giving us 10 days to prepare space, staff and individuals for family visits.
Visits will be scheduled in advance through your program manager beginning June 10. You will receive communication from your loved one’s program in advance of that date with more information. Click here for details – including the guidelines and protocols that will be in place when family visits resume.
Virtual Visitation Options:
We are encouraging you to schedule video conferencing (Skype or Facetime) as well as phone calls with your loved ones. Program Managers will be able to assist you with this process.
Bancroft staff will be using Google Hangouts Meet to help facilitate video calls between families and their loved ones. This is a free, online video conferencing tool available through the Google Suite applications. You do not need a Gmail account to join a Google Meet video call.
Our team has put together a “how-to” guide for families who are unfamiliar with the application.
PROGRAMS THAT REMAIN OPEN
Group homes remain fully operational, with family visitation rules in place.
Bancroft NeuroRehab Outpatient Services remain open at this time; however, we will be pre-screening clients prior to their appointments. See details here.
Bancroft Headquarters remain open.
The Bancroft School Welsh Campus and Preschool & Early Education Program are closed for the duration of the 2019-2020 school year, in compliance with the order from Gov. Phil Murphy.
For School Districts: Closing Protocol Letter, The Bancroft School | The Bancroft School at Voorhees Pediatric Facility
Day program sites will be CLOSED temporarily as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
This closure is consistent with the directive to all DDD providers throughout the state which also includes no further community outings facilitated by providers that are not for the health or safety of an individual. As previously communicated, any non-emergency medical appointment for your loved one is being rescheduled at this time.
This includes Bancroft NeuroRehab Day Programs.
Adult Employment programming will be suspended as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
FAMILY HOTLINE / COMMUNICATIONS
We are offering a COVID-19 Family Hotline at and for questions related to Bancroft’s response and actions taken to keep those in our care and our staff as safe as possible.
The Hotline will be answered Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 2pm. Outside of those hours, please leave a message or email us and we will have someone return your call within 24 hours.
We understand that community outings are an integral part of our programming, but in order to keep those we serve and our staff healthy, we are avoiding visits to large, crowded indoor areas at this time, to reduce potential exposure to the virus.
We are initiating extra cleaning measures at all sites, and emphasizing the need for hand washing among those in our care and staff. We are providing additional infection control training to staff, as well.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
- Please alert us if you or a family member who has been in contact with those we serve or our staff has been exposed.
- Support our staff by practicing infection prevention measures when visiting our programs (i.e. hand-washing hygiene, sneezing or coughing into a tissue or sleeve).
- Please do not visit our locations or your loved one if you are sick.
- Limit the number of visitors.
BANCROFT EMERGENCY FUND
The Bancroft Emergency Fund will help us continue our integral services during this heightened time of need, funding the purchase of additional hand sanitizer, soap and personal protective equipment for staff, as well as air mattresses for the direct support professionals working around-the-clock to ensure seamless support for the individuals in our care.
We appreciate your support during this global infection-control situation. We will continue to inform you of any updates in the weeks ahead.
If you have any questions or concerns or need to report any illness, please contact our Infection Control Officer, Rosalie Knapp, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karen Lindgren, Ph.D.
Chief Clinical Officer