Communication Tools To Keep Your Placement Going Strong All Summer Long!

  • Covid Risk Tolerance Scale – As infection rates decline, it’s wonderful to see states reopening and life starting to get back to normal. With so many adults now vaccinated, be sure to continue to discuss the COVID Risk Tolerance Scale with your Care Professional to make certain everyone in your home is on the same page regarding your ongoing safety measures and needs.
  • Weekly Meeting & Scheduling Tools – With children out of school, work schedules can vary over the summer months. Dynamics can change with children attending summer camps, families spending time in vacation homes, or visiting family members. Although your schedule may change, the work hours and time off regulations for your Care Professional remain the same. Be sure that your Care Professional’s schedule is limited to no more than 10 hours a day or 45 hours a week. A good best practice is to meet with your Care Professional weekly to discuss the upcoming week’s schedule and be mindful that the changing schedule may be an adjustment for your Care Professional. You can use our Weekly Meeting Guide and Scheduling Tool to optimize your summer planning with your Care Professional.

Summer Travel Tips:

We always emphasize to our Care Professionals that traveling with their host families is a very special and unique opportunity to see new places and to further bond as a family. As always, open communication among all parties around travel expectations is essential to have a successful and great summer season together.

Here are some things to keep in mind when making travel plans:

  • Traveling with your Care Professional – If your Care Professional will accompany you on a family vacation, be sure to think about the following:
    • Discuss in advance their expected work duties and schedule while on vacation.
    • Plan a private bedroom for your Care Professional to stay compliant with program regulations and to ensure privacy and that they are well rested to provide safe childcare during work hours.
  • Traveling without your Care Professional – We recommend that you review your household rules before you leave including any restrictions regarding car use, inviting guests into the home, setting house alarms, etc. It’s important to set guidelines and expectations for your Care Professional before you depart to avoid any misunderstandings later.