We maintain a 1:4 staffing ratio in each class and outing. However, Burnett Center staff are not intended to provide 1:1 support for participants at the center. Depending on level of need and behaviors, participants may be required to have a 1:1 aide or caregiver attend classes with them. During the intake process, Burnett Center staff will discuss this on a case-by-case basis prior to enrollment. Following the intake appointment or as situations arise, we may ask a caregiver, or family member to attend the first few sessions to allow Burnett Center staff time to observe best-practices.
Caregiver requirement guidelines
If participants require toileting assistance, medication distribution or management, or have challenging behaviors, they must come with a 1:1 at the discretion of Burnett Center staff. In some classes where additional hand over hand support is needed, we may require additional support from a 1:1 caregiver. At any point, Burnett Center staff reserve the right to request support from a 1:1 caregiver for a participant who demonstrates challenging behaviors or needs beyond what can be offered in a ratio of 1:4 staffing.
Caregivers are required to sign a code of conduct and are expected to participate in the class and work within the instructors’ directions to ensure participants gain the most from class. Caregivers are expected to be engaged in activities, must not be on their phone and are expected to cooperate with Burnett Center staff and instructors.