Updated December 21, 2020
Our lives have been changed by something we cannot see. For many, this pandemic has taken a severe toll and many of our community members have lost loved ones or know someone who has been touched by Covide-19. I know only too well what this pandemic has done to everyone’s lives, as it has to my own. As we adjust to a new normal in communities, we will need a compassionate shoulder on which to rest our heads. Please know Sacred Wandering is still here for you.
In that light, please know we now take extra measures to ensure that our clinic remains safe and ready to serve you. We are following the guidelines from trusted sources, including the Wisconsin of Department of Health Services (DHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and our local Ozaukee and Milwaukee health departments.
What Does This Mean For You?
In March of 2020, we implemented an infectious disease policy for the whole of Sacred Wandering, including our behavioral health ministry. That policy is outlined below. We ask that if you have symptoms of any kind, you please use the Client Portal or call the office to reschedule your appointment until 7 days after your last symptom. This includes symptoms of flu, common cold, or other potential risks. Please help us stop the spread of the cold and other viruses.
Please know that if you show up at our office with symptoms, you will be turned away per CDC guidelines, and your appointment will be rescheduled.
For Our Clients
To reduce the risk of exposure, we ask clients to come alone for appointments unless a caregiver is required, or unless you or other family members are having their own or combined sessions.
- Please cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, handkerchief, or at the very least your arm or hand.
- Wash and/or sanitize your hands after using the bathroom, after coughing or sneezing, or anytime you suspect you have come in contact with other germs or viruses.
- If you are experiencing physical symptoms that are more than your average flue or cold, please immediately contact your medical provider.
- Do not contact our office – we are not medical professionals. Only contact us to reschedule your appointment.
- Adhere to local, state, and federal guidelines to help protect our community from spreading any contagion.
For our staff:
- We monitor our own health and well-being.
- We will stay home and reschedule appointments if we, or someone in our households, have flu-like symptoms.
- We are limiting nonessential travel for all members of our staff until further notice.
Before our first client, we wipe down all doors and knobs with Caviwipes and then spray with a virucide after every client. Please understand, we do this to ensure everyone’s continued health – especially yours. We spray and wipe doors and knobs halfway through the day, and finally when we leave at night.
It is also our policy that we use hand sanitizer before and after each client. Hand sanitizer in both liquid and wipe form will be provided in the office at all times for our clients.
Kenn is certified in TeleMental Health Therapy. For clients who are not well enough to travel and have access to the internet either on a phone, tablet, or computer, you have the option to have a session via our integrated TeleMental Health service with Simple Practice. However, not every client is appropriate for Telemental Health services. Please speak with Kenn for more information.
Social Distancing vs. Physical Distancing
At Sacred Wandering, we believe the term “Social Distancing” to be an irresponsible term applied to a possible solution to the Covid-19 problem. At its core, the term is a good practice – to distance ourselves from social events and social gatherings; however, it carries with it an unintended possible additional interpretation – to remove oneself completely from any social responsibility. We, therefore, prefer the term “Physical Distancing”, which is a more intentional and responsible term – to simply place sufficient space between yourself and another person so-as to not contract or spread viruses or germs. It still allows for social responsibility and caring of other human beings, but in a way that is safe from physical harm.
No one knows how long this pandemic will last, nor does anyone know if it will return as have other corona viruses. What we do know is that we must all come together as a society to distance ourselves physically when we are not well. This should be the case during pandemics, as well as during other times of the year when we are not feeling well. If we have the cold, flu, bronchitis, pneumonia, or other contagious germs and viruses, we should maintain a physical distance from our community so as to not contribute to the spread of those things.