April 3, 2020
An Open Letter to Our Patients and Clients,
Earlier this week, the Chief Medical Officer of Health and our regulatory college, Physiotherapy Alberta, placed greater limits on the type of patients and clients that are able to attend in-person physiotherapy appointments. Also, the number of cases of COVID-19 continues to rise in Alberta.
I have made the difficult decision to continue the suspension of in-person clinic visits for the foreseeable future.
Our team of physiotherapists are committed to continuing to serve our clients using tele-rehabilitation.
Whether it is by a telephone, email, or video connection we will use our vast experience to support you through this challenging time.
Please reach out to your physiotherapist with any questions or concerns you have about your physical health. We think of ourselves as essential components of your health care team. We want to be there to help you manage the challenges we are all facing and to continue to help you achieve your goals. We will advise you of self-management strategies and options for emergency management until the restrictions on practice change.
We MUST all do more to flatten the curve. All Albertans have a significant role to play in this regard.
We must all practice physical distancing, go out only for critical tasks, stay home and away from others if sick or in isolation, wash our hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid touching our faces with our hands.
These are all simple measures we MUST take to help protect our community.
The City of Edmonton – Community and Social Services, Alberta Health Services, and the Mustard Seed continue to work together to create a safe space at the Kinsmen Field House for community members experiencing homelessness. Individuals continue to utilize the Field House for overnight shelter. This program is expected to run for some time.
Our team wants to thank you for your understanding and assistance and all the efforts you have already taken to manage the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
Be well and stay healthy,
Simon Cooke, PT, BScPT