I am ready to welcome Neuromuscular Therapy clients back to The Abbott Center!
We truly thank you for supporting us as we rebuild our business after significant losses during the pandemic.
We began reopening our Center the week of June 20th following the State guidelines for “close contact” services. Please know that we take our responsibility very seriously to keep you and our staff safe. We have been diligent in deep cleaning and sanitizing our therapeutic spaces and will continue to follow standards for hygiene, disinfecting and social distancing to stay in compliance with Massachusetts State safety standards.
Here is the protocol I’m asking everyone to follow to keep me and my home safe and to prevent spreading the virus.
What you need to know to prepare for your appointment
Please wear a mask upon entering, bring with you a clean pair of socks, and a check or cash for payment unless you have a credit card on file. (To minimize contact, I will not be physically handling credit cards or receipts.)
What to expect when you arrive
Parking and Entering Park in back and come to the door outside the therapy room at the kitchen porch. I will greet you there.
Inside, sit in the chair provided, take off your shoes and put on your clean socks. Extra time is built into our schedule so distance requirements can be met between clients coming and going.
Go down the hall to the bathroom on your left in your “stocking feet” and wash your hands, then go across the hall to the Changing Room to put on whatever you choose to wear during the treatment from the choices left there for you. Your clothes may be hung on the hooks behind the door in the Changing Room. Come on down to the room we always use. Please don’t touch things that cannot be sanitized easily such as upholstered furniture and curtains.
After your treatment, please wash your hands, change clothes, and leave your mask on until you have left the building.
Facility Sanitization & Treatment Protocol
Deep cleaning and sanitizing the therapeutic space is ongoing. We are using an 80% alcohol hand sanitizer or 10% bleach and are carefully cleaning all surfaces touched by me or my patients between each session in any place that we move about.
Between each patient I will be changing my clothes and the table linens, washing my hands and forearms and sanitizing anything you or I touch in the therapy room, bathroom and changing room.
No blankets or fleece pads will be used, and the table will have a cover that can be wiped with alcohol if a heating pad is used. Pillows will be double covered. The room will be warm and cross-ventilated through at least one window and the therapy room door that goes to the hallway as well as with a gentle oscillating fan if needed. The kitchen door will be kept closed so there is no access to the house. The back door to the outside can be opened if you like. Only linens that can be washed and bleached in hot water or otherwise sanitized will be used and all linens will be changed between treatments.
I will be wearing a mask and/or face shield depending on your level of comfort and mine considering how close I will be to your face during treatment. You will lie face down for as much of the treatment as possible. A mask is optional here if you find it hard to breathe. Side-lying and supine positions require the use of a mask.
Before we start, let’s talk while distancing and using masks about how you’re feeling and what parts of you need work. During the treatment, conversation needs to be limited, mostly for you to communicate what you’re feeling/experiencing during the treatment and for me to provide information about what I am doing.
This level of protocol is uncomfortable, but necessary, so thank you for being understanding as we ease our way back to a more normal procedure.
I look forward to seeing you again!!!
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