The following is intended as a further guide for ACSLPA members when determining if they should see clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guide is meant to be used in conjunction with the document “Notice to ACSLPA Members in Private Practice – Public Health Restrictions on Businesses and Workplaces” to further support members’ decision-making.
“Non-essential health services are those generally done to protect, promote or maintain the health of an individual but if interrupted would not endanger the life, health and safety of the individual.
Non-essential health services can no longer be provided by regulated health professionals or registered professionals, unless:
A non-essential health service can still be provided at a place of business (i.e., face-to-face) only if the services are deemed urgent or critical by the audiologist or SLP providing that service. A decision must be made on a case-by-case basis, for the specific client situation, at that particular point in time. Only urgent care can be provided to the public (clients) in a face-to-face manner if the service is not included in the essential services list. In most cases, private SLP and audiologist businesses will not have a clear “fit” on the essential services list.
When considering providing face-to-face services, decisions regarding urgency and criticality of the service is required. Services may be continued where there is no face-to-face contact required, regardless of urgency or criticality.
Follow the questions in sequence to equip yourself with the information to make a justified decision regarding ongoing face-to-face services. Decisions to see/not to see a client should be clearly documented. Click the corresponding yes or no button for further information.