Dear CBIS family,
Community Brain Injury Services continues to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our service areas and follow the guidance provided to us by local officials. CBIS Clubhouses and offices will be closed until government and health officials determine that it is safe for programs such as ours to reopen and provide services in a congregate setting. The health and safety of the people we serve remains our top priority and although we are unable to serve them currently in a physical space, we are actively assessing and meeting needs as they arise.
The CBIS team has been busy over the last week transitioning our traditional services into a remote services model. We are pleased to share the many ways in which we are continuing to support the members and clients we serve.
- All CBIS clients and members have been contacted to complete a safety assessment. This included ensuring that each individual has enough food and medication to last them for a few weeks to reduce their exposure to the virus in the community. CBIS staff will contact individuals on their caseload regularly to evaluate their health and safety and to assist with any emergent needs.
- In addition to regular contacts with active members and clients, CBIS staff is conducting outreach to former members and clients to evaluate and assist with health and safety needs.
- CBIS Intake staff are completing intakes remotely and bringing individuals from the wait list into active services.
- BIDS (Brain Injury Direct Service) funding has been redirected to aid members and clients in accessing food, medications, and transportation to any critical medical and/or mental health appointments in the community. Peninsula area members and clients are also able to access transportation through our Sentara Foundation grant.
One of the most valuable functions of a Clubhouse is to break the social isolation that so often follows a brain injury. We now have to be creative in how we do that. We will be continuing to provide social connections via:
- “Virtual Clubhouse” meetings via video chat and group chat forums
- Facebook groups and chat times
- Facebook “Live” Videos
- Live Chair One Yoga classes
- Member social partnerships
We wish you all health and strength to get through the international crisis that the pandemic presents. Please reach out to us if you are a brain injury survivor in need of services during this difficult time.