What's been happening at Kalm since lockdown?
Just thought I'd write a little update on what's been happening here since the end of lockdown.
Like many other businesses I spent many hours creating policies and procedures to ensure Kalm was Covid secure. This was not an easy task, but a necessary evil as it meant I could re-open in June for mobile physiotherapy. I was grateful to 'test the water' with some of my regular clients and it felt great to be back treating people again.
I was then able to open for massages at the Bransgore clinic and it has been lovely to see some friendly faces again (even though they can only see a limited amount of my face!).
What does Covid Secure mean?
For every massage and physiotherapy client I complete a telephone screen to discuss your needs, your risk factors and provide information on the risks involved in face to face contact during the pandemic. For massage clients this can be found on my website here, all physiotherapy clients receive a letter/email detailing this, and the procedures I have in place to reduce this risk.
Some of the ways I do this is by wearing full PPE (apron, mask, gloves and in some cases a visor). I check my temperature at the beginning of every working day, and have strict cleaning procedures in place. If I, or any clients show any of the signs and symptoms of coronavirus (new cough, high temperature, change/loss in taste or smell) then any appointments must be rearranged so that isolation guidelines can be followed. If you would like to know more about any of this then I am happy to discuss.
How has it been going back to work?
Since being back at work I have always strongly encouraged all my clients to do what they feel is right for them and have recently re-iterated this with the case numbers going up. However on the flip side of the coin, it was sad to see how some people have deteriorated during lockdown or have had limited access to the healthcare they need. Fortunately this seems to be changing with more services opening up again, and I am so pleased to be able to help people in this position with the correct safety measures in place.
I have also been overwhelmed by the number of new clients I have had in the last couple of months, and it feels so positive to be able to help people become as mobile and independent as they can be (something I definitely missed when shut).
In other news....
Firstly I have been back working at my old NHS job at the Spinal Unit at Salisbury District Hospital. I am there on a Wednesday and love to help them out where I can. It is such a rewarding place to be and I also hugely value maintaining a connection to the NHS.
Secondly, most of my clients know that I am hopefully (touch wood) moving house soon to Christchurch. This will NOT affect the area I cover for mobile clients. Once I have a date I will be taking a little bit of time off to get everything sorted (including hiring a crane to move the hot tub - what a way to announce your arrival in a new street!). It also means the Bransgore clinic will be shutting for a short period of time while I pack everything up and open the new one, so watch this space.
Until next time, stay safe x