Our new Tele-health Program
Changing Tides Treatment will be providing our patients who receive out patient, IOP and PHP services with a hybrid- virtual program via ZOOM, a HIPAA compliant secure video conferencing service, this is Tele-health. This service will be offered “at” our location in Ventura, CA. We have made this decision because we feel it’s best for patients and staff at this precarious time. Covid-19 had presented us with no good choices. Thus we make the best one possible.
Our hybrid model will include all groups done remotely via zoom and limited individual sessions. Weights and vitals and screens done in person at one of our offices, as needed and as clinically safe and appropriate. All other individual and family sessions will be done remotely. If someone is not comfortable coming in person, they will not have to. Everything else about our program that makes Changing Tides Treatment unique remains the same. We remain a highly integrative program that treats various symptoms/behaviors and underlying trauma at the same time under one roof.
How does this Tele-Health Program keep me safe?
Our staff continues to come in on a rotational basis to serve those who need to come in to our office for an individual requirement. We are following all CDC recommended guidelines for anyone and everyone who comes in to the office. Our new infection protocols for providing safe on site delivery of services will include such actions as monitoring hand washing, taking temperatures daily, 6 feet of distance and keeping our facilities extra clean.
Our Goal for the new Tele-Health Program
The goal is to limit physical contact as much as possible for all patients and staff while continuing to remain socially and spiritually connected through our community and our programming. It is always the case that patients require different and unique treatment plans. Today is no different. Our commitment to our patients remains the same; despite these challenging circumstances we will continue to do whatever they need, as long as we can provide it safely and appropriately.
Some programs have gone all virtual and others, much to our surprise, continue to run in person. As with just about everything we do at Changing Tides Treatment, we will provide both. For us it’s about “both/and”, not “either/or”.
Is This a Permanent Change?
We will run this option only for as long as we need to and for no longer than it is necessary. For those of us who feel and get better as we connect/reconnect with others, we know we will undoubtedly not find the same quality of human connection remotely. Social distancing (aka isolation) is what many of us in our disease do naturally….. Too much of it for our patients is simply not healthy, and we know it. In this unprecedented time, however, some connection is better than no connection just as some treatment is better than no treatment for people who need the help right now, even if it is remote. Thus, we offer this service.
If there was ever a time for flexibility, creative problem solving, taking a “both/and” approach and working together to get through this crisis, now is that time.
Together we will all get through this. Our patients are counting on us to step up for them right now more than ever. Have not one ounce of doubt that all of us at Changing Tides Treatment are up to that challenge. The entire team at this company is more than capable of navigating through this, and our commitment to our patients and their families is this is exactly what we will do.