Update: 7/10/20

Thank you to everyone who has continued to support Bello Machre through these unprecedented times. As we re-open our offices, programs, and services, our first priority remains the same – to keep the people we support and our employees safe, well, and feeling loved.

The Bello Machre staff has been amazing and should be commended. Through the diligence of social distancing, utilizing masks and personal protective equipment, and staying home when possible, Bello Machre has had no cases of Covid-19 amongst the over 350 people we support as an agency.

Re-opening plans continue to be monitored and evaluated with slow and steady progress. The administrative offices in Anne Arundel County and Carroll County Office are open with restricted access to both employees and visitors. We must stay vigilant and deliberate in how we safely provide services in the coming months. Our individuals, families, and staff are looking to Bello Machre to make decisions and policy that keep everyone safe. We will meet these expectations by being cautious and following recommendations provided by the CDC, our local health department, and our nursing team at Dimensional Healthcare Associates. To reiterate our current policy:

Administrative Offices

• Administrative staff are not to report to work if they are experiencing any respiratory or GI symptoms or if they have a fever. If they are ill, suspect an illness, or have a fever, they have been instructed to contact their supervisor and are NOT to report to the office for guidance. Anyone displaying symptoms of illness will be sent home immediately and the Covid Coordination team will be notified. The workspace for the affected employee will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. Any officemates or employees that have been in contact with the affected employee will be asked to follow CDC quarantine guidelines.

• Every person entering the administrative office will be required to wear a face mask or facial covering. This will apply to all our staff, individuals, and family members – no exceptions. Employees must wear a mask when meeting with individuals, family members, staff that works outside of the office buildings, and any other visitors to our organization. The need to wear a facial mask/covering will only be optional when an employee is alone in their individual office space.

• The number of visitors in each of the administrative buildings will be limited to three in each building to reduce the risk and spread of illness. Further, visitors will be allowed on an appointment only basis. Administrative staff are encouraged to work remotely when possible and to limit their office schedule to 2 or 3 in office days. As we move forward, we will continue to monitor the number of people in the office and adjust days and times when staff may be present.

• The administrative office will be cleaned every day to ensure that surface areas remain clean and virus free. Masks, gloves, Clorox wipes, Lysol and hand sanitizer will be made available to our Administrative staff.

• If face-to-face meetings are required and occur, we encourage all employees to meet outside when possible and always practice social distancing.

Bello Machre Programs and Services

Although we have started to resume our Support Services and Meaningful Day Services, several safety measures and modifications are in place.

• All direct support professionals are instructed not to report to work if they are experiencing any respiratory or GI symptoms or if they have a fever. If they are ill, suspect an illness, or have a fever, they have been instructed to contact their supervisor. Anyone displaying symptoms of illness should be sent home immediately and the Covid Coordination team notified. The employee should follow CDC quarantine guidelines.

• Further, we request that individuals who attend these programs stay home if they are experiencing any respiratory or GI symptoms or if they have a fever. We also ask that the Program Director be notified immediately. Individuals in these programs who are ill, suspect an illness, or have a fever, will be sent or brought home immediately and the Covid Coordination team will be notified. The individual and family should follow CDC quarantine guidelines.

• If the individual and family choose to participate in our programs and services, we will move ahead with an evaluation ensuring the safety and well-being of the individual.

Support Services

• Community based support services have resumed for those family members who have chosen to re-start services. As Bello Machre services are community-based, staff is encouraged to take the individual in the community (one-to-one basis) when possible. All services will be provided based on safety protocols and the needs and preferences of the person in services and their family. If individuals and families are apprehensive of going into the community, Bello Machre staff will meet in their home. The delivery of services may also be provided over the phone, or by Skype, Zoom, Facetime, etc. to allow services to continue to be provided. While we recognize that preferences and community gathering restrictions present some adjustments, we are confident that we will successfully adapt to the changing times. We feel our families and staff will appreciate these safeguards to ensure the health and wellness of all.

• When taking individuals on a community outing, all employees will use a mask or facial covering and practice social distancing in accordance with guidelines provided by the County Executive. Please Note: Community outings for individuals who are not able to tolerate the use of a mask or safely maintain social distancing should be considered in the immediate neighborhood or in open areas, such as public parks, where greater distance can be created between the individual and others. All precautions should be taken to avoid highly populated areas. When returning from community outings, all individuals and staff should remain vigilant about practicing good hygiene habits which include using hand sanitizer in the absence of soap and water, washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, and cleaning vehicle surfaces.

Residential Services

• Because of our amazing staff and their diligence adhering to Bello Machre’s safety protocols, no individuals in our residential services program have tested positive for Covid-19. Therefore, we will stay steadfast in our approach. We will continue to hold off on vacations for our individuals until the end of September. Localized day trips are encouraged, utilizing masks and social distancing with no large gatherings. We hope to ease policies over the next several months. Detailed information will continue to be provided by the Program Director. We will begin to evaluate day services for those people who reside in our DDA funded residential homes to ensure the viability of safely returning to their day programs.

Meaningful Day Services

• Many people have returned to our Meaningful Day and Supported Employment Program over the past few weeks. The safety and health of the people we support remain our top priority. We have implemented additional safety and sanitization measures in accordance with O.S.H.A. and CDC guidelines to protect the individuals and our team members. These include: Elevated infection control standards including the thorough daily disinfection of activity areas and additional sanitizing between each activity.

• Upon arrival and before entering the programming area, all individuals and staff members will check their body temperatures. Individuals, with the support of the parents/caregivers, will be asked to complete a daily Screening Form for Covid-19 before allowed at the program site.

• Caregivers are asked to provide transportation. Curbside drop-off and pick-up is required because of the inability to social distance within a Bello Machre van.

• Social distancing practices will be in effect in all areas of Bello Machre programs.

We want to thank again our heroes on the front line – the dedicated employees who continue to show up to provide loving care each and every day. The Bello Machre family has pulled together to make sure we all stay safe and have the supplies we need. On behalf of the leadership team, we are all so proud and honored to be a part of Bello Machre.

Thank you again to the entire Bello Machre family for being extraordinary in these challenging times.

Bello Machre COVID-19 Coordination Team

Julie Provan, COO – Chair – 443-702-3004 – cell: 443-286-1951
Dr. Robert T. Ireland, CEO – 443-702-3002 – cell: 443-994-7645

Randon Bittings, Director, Services-Western Reg. – 443-821-3386 – cell: 443-883-6660
Charlie Im, Program Director, Meaningful Day – 443-702-3036 – cell: 443-600-1498
Tracy Lynott, Director of Development/Communications – 443-702-3016 – cell: 443-790-3163
Brandee Pigatt, Director, Residential Services – 443-702-3034 – cell: 410-375-2852
George Wolff, Director, Support Services – 443-702-3010 – cell: 443-454-1126

Any questions or concerns should be addressed to Julie Provan, COO at 443-286-1951.

 

 


Update: 6/1/20

Thank you to everyone who has supported Bello Machre through this crisis. We could not do it without each and every one of YOU.

The Bello Machre Leadership Team has created its Phase 1 plan for reopening the administrative office and resuming services and programs. We will do this in a safe, gradual, and effective way relying on the guidance from Governor Hogan, County leadership, the Maryland Department of Health, the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA), the CDC, and our nursing partner, Dimensional Health Care Associates. As with all of our plans, our first priority remains the same – to keep the people we support and our employees safe, well, and feeling loved.

Effective June 3, 2020 Bello Machre will begin reopening administrative offices in Anne Arundel County. Our Carroll County Office started its gradual re-opening last week.

In accordance with the State of Maryland, we will approach our plan in 3 Phases. We hope that the final phase – Phase 3, slated to begin in January 2021, will bring us back to our new normal. For that goal to be met, we must stay vigilant and deliberate in how we safely provide services in the coming months. Our individuals, families, and staff are looking to Bello Machre to make decisions and policy that keep everyone safe during these unprecedented times. We will meet these expectations by being cautious and following recommendations provided by the CDC, our local health department, and our nursing team at Dimensional Healthcare Associates.

Phase 1 – Re-Opening of Administrative Offices / Resuming Support Services and Meaningful Day Program

Bello Machre Administrative Offices

Starting June 3, administrative staff will begin the process of returning to the office with several safety measures and modifications in place.

• Administrative staff are not to report to work if they are experiencing any respiratory or GI symptoms or if they have a fever. If they are ill, suspect an illness, or have a fever, they have been instructed to contact their supervisor and are NOT to report to the office for guidance. Anyone displaying symptoms of illness will be sent home immediately and the Covid Coordination team will be notified. The workspace for the affected employee will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. Any officemates or employees that have been in contact with the affected employee will be asked to follow CDC quarantine guidelines.

• Every person entering the administrative office will be required to wear a face mask or facial covering. This will apply to all our staff, individuals, and family members- no exceptions. Employees must wear a mask when meeting with individuals, family members, staff that works outside of the office buildings, and any other visitors to our organization. The need to wear a facial mask/covering will only be optional when an employee is alone in their individual office space.

• The number of visitors in each of the administrative buildings will be limited to three in each building to reduce the risk and spread of illness. Further, visitors will be allowed on an appointment only basis. Administrative staff are encouraged to work remotely when possible and to limit their office schedule to 2 or 3 in office days. As we move forward, we will continue to monitor the number of people in the office and adjust days and times when staff may be present.

• Our office will be cleaned every day to ensure that surface areas remain clean and virus free. Masks, Gloves, Clorox wipes, Lysol and hand sanitizer will be made available to our Administrative staff.

• If face-to-face meetings are required and occur, we encourage all employees to meet outside when possible always social distancing.

Bello Machre Support Services Program and Meaningful Day Services

Starting June 3, staff will begin the process of resuming our Support Services and Meaningful Day services with several safety measures and modifications in place.

• All direct care professionals are instructed not to report to work if they are experiencing any respiratory or GI symptoms or if they have a fever. If they are ill, suspect an illness, or have a fever, they have been instructed to contact their supervisor. Anyone displaying symptoms of illness should be sent home immediately and the Covid Coordination team notified. The employee should follow CDC quarantine guidelines.

• Further, we request that individuals who attend these programs and are experiencing any respiratory or GI symptoms or if they have a fever to stay home. We also ask that the program director be notified immediately. Individuals in these programs that are ill, suspect an illness, or have a fever, will be sent or brought home immediately and the Covid Coordination team notified. The individual and family should follow CDC quarantine guidelines.

Support Services

• Each person receiving services from Bello Machre will receive a phone call to inquire about resuming services. As Bello Machre services are community based, we will encourage our staff to take the individual in the community (one-to-one basis) when possible. All services will be provided based on safety protocols and the needs and preferences of the person in services and their family. If individuals and families are apprehensive of going into the community, Bello Machre staff will meet in their home. The delivery of services may also be provided over the phone, or by Skype, Zoom, Facetime, etc. to allow services to continue to be provided. While we recognize that preferences and community gathering restrictions present some adjustments, we are confident that we will successfully adapt to the changing times. We feel our families and staff will appreciate these safeguards to ensure the health and wellness of all.

• When taking individuals on a community outing, all employees will use a mask or facial covering and practice social distancing in accordance with guidelines provided by the County Executive. Please Note: Community outings for individuals who are not able to tolerate the use of a mask or safely maintain social distancing should be considered in the immediate neighborhood or in open areas such as public parks where greater distance can be created between the individual and others. All precautions should be taken to avoid highly populated areas. When returning from community outings, all individuals and staff should remain vigilant about practicing good hygiene habits which include using hand sanitizer in the absence of soap and water, washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, and cleaning vehicle surfaces.

Detailed information will be provided by the program director for each family/individual in the support services program.

Meaningful Day Services

Although many of the people in the Meaningful Day Supported Employment Program continued to receive services over the past few months, Bello Machre will be resuming limited day habilitation services for our individuals who are residing in a family home. At this time, services will NOT resume for those people who reside in a DDA funded residential settings. Each person receiving services from Bello Machre will receive a letter and/or phone call to inquire about resuming services for the family member as appropriate.

Again, the safety and health of the people we support remain our top priority. We are implementing additional safety and sanitization measures in accordance with O.S.H.A. and CDC guidelines to protect the individuals and our team members. These include: Elevated infection control standards including the thorough daily disinfection of activity areas and additional sanitizing between each activity.

• Anne Arundel County’s Meaningful Day Program will resume limited In-Person Day Habilitation service effective Monday, June 8, 2020. Bello Machre will provide limited in-person day habilitation service for those who choose to participate between 9:00am and 12:00pm Monday through Friday.

• Upon arrival and before entering the programming area, all individuals and staff members will check their body temperatures. Individuals, with the support of the parents/caregivers, will be asked to complete a daily Screening Form for COVID-19/Coronavirus before allowed at the program site.

• At this time, we must ask caregivers to provide transportation. Curbside drop-off & pick-up is required because of the inability to social distance within a Bello Machre van.

• Social distancing practices will be in affect in all areas of Bello Machre programs.

Detailed information will be provided by the program director for each family/individual in meaningful day services.

We want to thank again our heroes on the front line – the dedicated employees who continue to show up to provide loving care each and every day. The Bello Machre family has pulled together to make sure we all stay safe and have the supplies we need. On behalf of the leadership team, we are all so proud and honored to be a part of Bello Machre.

Thank you again to the entire Bello Machre family for being extraordinary in these challenging times.

Bello Machre COVID-19 Coordination Team

Julie Provan, COO – Chair – 443-702-3004 – cell: 443-286-1951
Dr. Robert T. Ireland, CEO – 443-702-3002 – cell: 443-994-7645

Randon Bittings, Director, Services-Western Reg. – 443-821-3386 – cell: 443-883-6660
Charlie Im, Program Director, Meaningful Day – 443-702-3036 – cell: 443-600-1498
Tracy Lynott, Director of Development/Communications – 443-702-3016 – cell: 443-790-3163
Brandee Pigatt, Director, Residential Services – 443-702-3034 – cell: 410-375-2852
George Wolff, Director, Support Services – 443-702-3010 – cell: 443-454-1126

Any questions or concerns should be addressed to Julie Provan, COO at 443-286-1951.


Update: 5/15/20

Thank you to everyone who has supported Bello Machre through this crisis. We could not do it without each and every one of YOU. As we begin the preliminary discussions of re-opening, our first priority remains the same – to keep the people we support and our employees safe, well, and feeling loved.

Although Governor Hogan has changed the Stay at Home Order to the Safer at Home phase, Bello Machre will operate in the same manner as we have for the past several weeks. Our administrative offices in Anne Arundel and Carroll Counties remain closed. Office staff deemed essential personnel to the daily operations of Bello Machre and those teleworking will work remotely from their homes. The COVID-19 Coordination Team listed below as well as the maintenance staff remains on 24/7 call in case of emergency. Please continue to reach out to the program staff and office personnel if you need anything – leave a message on their phone or call their cell phone for response.

We will continue to telework when possible, wear masks, and adhere to physical distancing until further notice. As previously stated, we have distributed thermometers, masks, eye protection, hand sanitizer, and extra cleaning products to all of our homes.

The Bello Machre leadership team is creating a plan for reopening services and programs. As we begin discussion for opening, we will do this in a safe, gradual, and effective way. We will rely on the guidance from Governor Hogan, County leadership, the Maryland Department of Health, the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA), the CDC, and our nursing partner, Dimensional Health Care Associates. We will evaluate operations on a week to week basis, ensuring at all times the safety and wellbeing of the people we support and our staff.

We want to thank again our heroes on the front line – the dedicated employees who continue to show up to provide loving care each and every day. The Bello Machre family has pulled together to make sure we all stay safe and have the supplies we need. We are proud and honored to be a part of Bello Machre.

Thank you again to the entire Bello Machre family for being extraordinary in these challenging times.

Bello Machre COVID-19 Coordination Team

Julie Provan, COO – Chair – 443-702-3004 – cell: 443-286-1951
Dr. Robert T. Ireland, CEO – 443-702-3002 – cell: 443-994-7645
Brandee Pigatt, Director, Residential Services – 443-702-3034 – cell: 410-375-2852
Randon Bittings, Director, Services-Western Reg. – 443-821-3386 – cell: 443-883-6660
George Wolff, Director, Support Services – 443-702-3010 – cell: 443-454-1126
Charlie Im, Program Director, Meaningful Day – 443-702-3036 – cell: 443-600-1498


Update: 4/17/20

Thank You! We continually work to keep the people we support and our employees safe and feeling loved. Bello Machre is following the guidelines from the CDC and Governor Hogan. We also are working closely with our nurses at Dimensional Health Care.

We have distributed thermometers, masks, eye protection, hand sanitizer, and extra cleaning products to all of our homes. See how you can help replenish our PPE supplies – see our donation list at the bottom of this announcement.

Although Gov. Hogan said that plans to gradually ease coronavirus restrictions will be made public soon, Maryland has not yet hit its infection peak. To fight the spread of the virus, Hogan signed a new executive order requiring face masks to be worn in any retail business — groceries, pharmacies and other essential businesses — and when riding on any public transit service. Although there is light at the end of this tunnel, we must stay vigilant.

We continue to instruct our staff and individuals to stay home when possible, avoid crowds, and practice social distancing. We are checking in with our homes to give updated information, to provide new screening guidelines, and to monitor personal protective supplies and grocery needs. Additionally, we have sent games, cooking, and craft supplies to keep the hearts and spirits of our staff and the people we support engaged and smiling.

I want to take a minute to thank again our heroes on the front line – the dedicated employees who continue to show up to provide loving care each and every day. The Bello Machre family has pulled together to make sure we all stay safe and have the supplies we need. I know I’ve said this before but THANK YOU! I’m proud and honored to be a part of Bello Machre.

As stated in previous updates – Bello Machre administrative offices in Anne Arundel and Carroll Counties remain closed. Office staff deemed essential personnel to the daily operations of Bello Machre and those teleworking will work remotely from their homes. The COVID-19 Coordination Team listed below as well as the maintenance staff remains on 24/7 call in case of emergency. Please continue to reach out to the program staff and office personnel if you need anything – leave a message on their phone or call their cell phone for response.

Thank you again to the entire Bello Machre family for being extraordinary in these challenging times.

Bello Machre COVID-19 Coordination Team

Julie Provan, COO – Chair – 443-702-3004 – cell: 443-286-1951
Dr. Robert T. Ireland, CEO – 443-702-3002 – cell: 443-994-7645
Brandee Pigatt, Director, Residential Services – 443-702-3034 – cell: 410-375-2852
Randon Bittings, Director, Services-Western Reg. – 443-821-3386 – cell: 443-883-6660
George Wolff, Director, Support Services – 443-702-3010 – cell: 443-454-1126
Charlie Im, Program Director, Meaningful Day – 443-702-3036 – cell: 443-600-1498

In-Kind PPE Supply List: N95 masks, handmade masks, disposable gowns, hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray, and face shields.


Update: 3/30/20

Bello Machre continues to closely monitor Governor Hogan’s Maryland initiatives and the public health situation related to the COVID-19/New Coronavirus. Our primary concerns remain the health and wellbeing of those we support and the loving staff who care for them.

Adhering to Governor Hogan’s increased restrictions on Marylanders and the rapidly escalating crisis in our state, effective at 8:00pm tonight Bello Machre will issue a stay at home mandate for all of the people living in our community homes. Staff and their families who live in the home should only venture out for essential reasons including obtaining food not purchased with online delivery, medicine, or seeking urgent medical attention. Employees who work but do not live in a Bello Machre community home will continue to be admitted unless they are exhibiting symptoms including coughing and sneezing, fever, or shortness of breath. If these symptoms occur, we ask them to seek immediate medical advice, follow the state’s quarantine policies, and contact their immediate supervisor. Also, per the Governor, if any employee travels out of state, they need to self-quarantine for 14 days.

As also stated in the Governor’s address this morning, you are encouraged to get outside within your yard and take walks by yourself or with the people you live with. Note, the vast majority of people recover from this infection. Most people will have mild or moderate symptoms. Older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions have a great risk for more serious illness.

As previously reported, we have updated our screening process at our residential community homes to include the restriction of those who have traveled to the New York Tri-State area. Due to the growing spread of this virus in our community, we must take every precaution to keep the people we support and the staff who care for them as safe as possible.

As stated, going forward, our homes are beginning grocery delivery services as needed and appropriate. Bello Machre’s Emergency Preparedness plan is in full force and all Bello Machre homes have food and supplies to stay-at-home for the coming weeks.

Even in these are unprecedented times, our Bello Machre family continues to go up and above the call of duty, showing up each and every day to provide loving care to the individuals we support. A special thanks to our maintenance team who continues to deliver items to homes and making essential repairs to keep us up and running. Also thanks to our administrative staff for ensuring every employee continues to receive a paycheck, critical supplies are ordered, paperwork is processed, and our vendors are paid. Thanks to everyone for keeping our people safe and feeling loved during this difficult time.

As stated in previous updates – Bello Machre administrative offices in Anne Arundel and Carroll Counties will remain closed. Office staff deemed essential personnel to the daily operations of Bello Machre and those teleworking will continue to work remotely from their homes. The COVID-19 Coordination Team listed below as well as the maintenance staff remains on 24/7 call in case of emergency. Please continue to reach out to the program staff and office personnel if you need anything – leave a message on their phone or call their cell phone for response.

Thank you again to the entire Bello Machre family for being extraordinary in these challenging times.


Update: 3/27/20

Bello Machre continues to closely monitor Governor Hogan’s Maryland initiatives and the public health situation related to the COVID-19/New Coronavirus.

Our primary concerns remain the health and well-being of those we support and the loving staff who care for them.

Therefore, we have updated our screening process at our residential community homes to include the restriction of those who have traveled to the New York Tri-State area. Due to the growing spread of this virus in our community, we must take every precaution to keep the people we support and the staff who care for them as safe as possible.

A huge thank you to our extraordinary front-line staff who continue to go up and above the call of duty, showing up each and every day to provide loving care to the individuals we support. Thanks for keeping our people safe and feeling loved during this difficult time.

A huge thank you also to our Meaningful Day and Support Services staff members who have been redirected to our community homes. These staff members have been engaging our folks in meaningful day activities while giving current house staff a much-needed break.

Going forward, our homes are beginning grocery delivery services as needed and appropriate. Bello Machre’s Emergency Preparedness plan is in full force and all Bello Machre homes have food and supplies to stay-at-home for the coming weeks.

As stated in previous updates – Bello Machre administrative offices in Anne Arundel and Carroll Counties will remain closed. Essential employees and those teleworking will continue to work remotely from their homes to ensure our staff receive paychecks, critical supplies are ordered, paperwork is processed, and our vendors are paid. The COVID-19 Coordination Team listed below as well as the maintenance staff remains on 24-7 call in case of emergency. Please continue to reach out to the program staff and office personnel if you need anything – leave a message on their phone or call their cell phone for response.

Thank you again to the entire Bello Machre family for being extraordinary in these challenging times.


Update: 3/23/2020

Bello Machre continues to closely monitor Governor Hogan’s Maryland initiatives and the public health situation related to the COVID-19/New Coronavirus.

Our primary concerns remain the health and well-being of those we support and the loving staff who care for them.

To continue to keep our staff safe and adhere to the Governor’s new stay-at-home restrictions, the Bello Machre administrative offices in Anne Arundel and Carroll Counties will close at 5pm today for the limited staff that remain. Essential employees and those teleworking will continue to work remotely from their homes. The COVID-19 Coordination Team listed below as well as the maintenance staff remains on 24/7 call in case of emergency.

A letter has been developed for Bello Machre employees to carry with their person acknowledging their role as an essential employee to Bello Machre.

Bello Machre has enacted its Emergency Preparedness plan and all Bello Machre homes have food and supplies to stay-at-home for the coming weeks. The health and safety of the people we support, and that of our caring staff continues to be our top priority.

Again, if you are a family member and have someone living in our homes, please send a card or make a phone call to let the essential Bello Machre direct support professionals know they are loved and appreciated. Thank you.

Bello Machre COVID-19 Coordination Team

Julie Provan, COO – Chair – 443-702-3004 – cell: 443-286-1951
Dr. Robert T. Ireland, CEO – 443-702-3002 – cell: 443-994-7645
Brandee Pigatt, Director, Residential Services – 443-702-3034 – cell: 410-375-2852
Randon Bittings, Director, Services-Western Reg. – 443-821-3386 – cell: 443-883-6660
George Wolff, Director, Support Services – 443-702-3010 – cell: 443-454-1126
Charlie Im, Program Director, Meaningful Day – 443-702-3036 – cell: 443-600-1498


Update: 3/20/20

Bello Machre continues to closely monitor the public health situation related to the COVID-19/New Coronavirus.

Our primary concerns remain the health and wellbeing of those we support and the loving staff who care for them.

The Bello Machre administrative office in Anne Arundel County continues to remain open with essential Bello Machre personnel only. Employees ONLY will be permitted in the Bello Machre Anne Arundel County administrative office weekdays from 12:00/noon to 3pm to obtain payroll documents and necessary supplies. All agency telecommuting for selected administrative staff has been implemented. The maintenance staff remains on 24-7 call for emergency repairs at our community homes.

During this challenging time, many of our Meaningful Day and Support Services staff members have been redirected to our community homes to help. These staff members have been engaging our folks in meaningful day activities while giving current house staff a much-needed break. Additionally, our Leadership Team and Administrative Staff continue to do what needs to be done: from making sure that staff get a paycheck, to encouraging phone calls, to ordering and delivering critical supplies. If you are a family member and have someone living in our homes, please send a card or make a phone call to let the essential Bello Machre direct care employees know they are loved and appreciated. Thank you.


Update 3/17/20:

All Bello Machre (agency-wide) administrative offices continue to remain open with essential Bello Machre personnel. Employees ONLY will be permitted in the Bello Machre Anne Arundel County administrative office weekdays from 12:00 noon to 3pm. All agency telecommuting for selected administrative staff has been implemented.

IMPORTANT: Bello Machre’s Meaningful Day Program (Anne Arundel and Carroll Counties) will be closed, effective Wednesday, March 18 until further notice. Bello Machre will continue to support people in community-based jobs, but individuals should check in with their respective employers concerning any changes to their work schedules.

We continue to strongly mandate visitor restrictions to all Bello Machre properties.

Note: Bello Machre will continue its training program in a limited capacity to ensure the safety of the individuals we support. These classes will be open to Bello Machre personnel only. Class size will be limited to 10 participants. This will also ensure a safe distance between attendees. All protocols will be strictly enforced and are subject to change as we receive updates and recommendations from the CDC and government agencies.

The following trainings will continue – Bello Machre personnel only:
Certified Nursing Assistant program (ongoing)
CPR/First Aid March 18, 2020 4pm-9pm
MANDT March 19, 2020 10am-3pm
ICM Training for New Hires March 19, 2020 5pm-7pm
MANDT March 25, 2020 4pm-9pm

Bello Machre has enacted its Emergency Preparedness plan and all Bello Machre homes have food and supplies to shelter in place for the coming weeks. The health and safety of the people we support, and our caring staff continues to be our top priority.


Update Posted 3/16/20:

Bello Machre continues to monitor the information coming in from the State of Maryland, CDC, and our Dimensional Health Care Nursing partners. We will continue operations in all programs based on the safety measures enforced by the state. More importantly we will continue to be there to help families in the community with their loved one. At this time, all visitors (including family members, vendors, neighbors, friends, etc.) will be screened and have very limited access into any Bello Machre property.

The health and safety of our dedicated and caring employees and the people we support (both in our Bello Machre homes and in the community) continues to be our number one priority.


Bello Machre is closely monitoring the public health situation related to the COVID-19/New Coronavirus. We are also in contact with our community partners as we address these challenges together. Bello Machre will continue to operate all of our programs and services – residential, support services, and meaningful day.

Our primary concerns remain the health and well-being of those we support and the loving staff who care for them.

Our hope is that we are able to help guide our family members, staff, and the individuals we support through the concerns that are typical in these situations. We are working very closely with Dimensional Health Care (Bello Machre’s nursing service provider) implementing protocols and recommendations from the CDC.

We are stressing universal precautions, especially frequent hand washing. We are following the State of Maryland guidelines and protocols. We have a team that is ready to respond to critical issues as this public health situation progresses.

Bello Machre COVID-19 Coordination Team

Julie Provan, COO – Chair – 443-702-3004 – cell: 443-286-1951
Dr. Robert T. Ireland, CEO – 443-702-3002 – cell: 443-994-7645
Brandee Pigatt, Director, Residential Services – 443-702-3034 – cell: 410-375-2852
Randon Bittings, Director, Services-Western Reg. – 443-821-3386 – cell: 443-883-6660
George Wolff, Director, Support Services – 443-702-3010 – cell: 443-454-1126

Charlie Im, Program Director, Meaningful Day – 443-702-3036 – cell: 443-600-1498

Please know that Bello Machre homes are equipped with emergency preparedness kits and supplies to shelter in place as needed and appropriate.

We will be sending out updates of protocols and recommendations as we receive them. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through this challenging time.

ESSENTIAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND PROTOCOLS

  1. Communication: Communication regarding COVID-19 will be sent to all Bello Machre employees via email, text, memo and/or phone as relevant information is shared. All employees will be strongly encouraged to watch the NADSP webinar dated 3/11/2020 (link: http://bit.ly/3aPBQBh).
  2. Essential Employees Identified: All Direct Support Professionals (DSP), Maintenance, Financial Operations. All these positions will be expected to report to work [when well] under internal state of emergency conditions and do WHATEVER is necessary to keep the individuals we serve safe.
  3. Travel and face to face contact: Travel to any areas of the US that are under State Emergency Plans for COVID-19 will be avoided for business travel. No overseas travel for business purposes is applicable currently. Travel within the state remains unrestricted although caution should be taken regarding traveling to any facility or office while ill (even mild symptoms). All Employees will be asked to report any travel outside of the US to supervisors and this will be tracked by the Human Resources Department. Any travel to countries noted by the CDC as global hot spots for disease COVID-19 will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days upon return.
  4. Coordination: The Director of each department will assure that there is coordination and communication with the DDA, OHCQ and other agencies as necessary.