** Reopening Monday 12 April 2021 **
During these times you may be worried about inviting someone into your home to carry out therapies but please, do not worry. I have a completed course in covid, so I’ve learnt about this disease. I also check any new guidelines to do with work daily from the emails sent out by the government.
The government have given strict working guidelines for practitioners such as myself which we must adhere to and follow for everyone’s safety.
Firstly, the day before treatment I will call the client to go through a medical questionnaire. It is a simple yes or no affair unless you need to supply me with extra information. Do not be worried about doing this as it doesn’t necessarily mean you cannot have treatment, it may just be something I need to be aware of and take into account, such as underlying health conditions for example. This questionnaire is only done once and after that it is expected that clients be honest with me about their health, and if in any doubt about anything, to contact me. I will double check about symptoms during an appointment reminder text message that is sent to your phone the day before your allotted appointment (this is for subsequent treatments, if treatment is not just a one off).
On the day of treatment I will arrive on your doorstep wearing a visor, mask, apron and gloves (shoe covers are optional should you wish to protect your carpets).
All equipment is cleaned after each client, including couch, face cradle cushion and holder, the lotion bottle, clock, hand sanitiser etc so that when I arrive at your property, you can be safe in the knowledge that all is clean and ready for use. I still use a fabric sheet and face cover to go over the face cradle cushion and treatment couch but these are a FRESH SET FOR EVERY CLIENT, thereby ensuring there is no crossover between households whatsoever. The client then needs to provide and put a large towel and pillow if required on to the couch. The last thing I do is remove my gloves and santise my hands before beginning the treatment. I do use a small towel to wipe off any residue of the lotion and to protect your own towels as much as possible. All towels, sheets and covers are washed at home at 60c as per recommendation from the government (which has always been in case anyway). Any rubbish created I remove from the premises.
Lastly is payment (if not done online) and any new appointment made moving forwards.
My visor, mask, apron, shoe covers (if worn) and gloves are removed when I am back at my car. Hands are again sanitised.
I have been advised that the couch carry case or work bag don’t need to be cleaned (due to what they are made of this would be hard to do anyway), and that I am to put it to one side where the client will not come into contact with it. I have also come to hear that the virus doesn’t adhere as well to fabric as other surfaces.
In regard to whether or not the client needs to wear a mask, the guidelines are not currently clear for home visits. In a premises situation you most definitely would no questions asked. However, I am asthmatic and therefore classed as vulnerable so I would appreciate it if clients did wear a mask, but obviously this is only a polite request and I can’t enforce it.
Please be prepared to provide 2 large towels and a pillow for any appointment until further notice. I am asking clients to do this in order to keep costs down.
If you have any questions on this, please feel free to ask, it’s no bother at all.