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.