Foxfield F.A.R.M. COVID19 Update August 2020
- The goal for our foundation will always continue to be to offer to Veterans in need of a PTSD/mental health program that provides an alternative to the medical/psychiatry and opioid approaches. With 22 veterans a day, and rising numbers, committing suicide in the U.S. and additional individuals who are self-medicating (alcoholism and overdosing on prescription drugs); it offers a natural, anxiety reducing approach that builds self-esteem and self-confidence. Such equine curriculum have been widely praised and accepted around the world.
- Given the current status of the Covid19 virus testing and vaccine development, there is no guaranteed timeline on the progress to curtail the inherent issues facing the general CT population nor the potentially at-risk Veterans.
- The Veterans themselves have a variety of existing health issues that can reduce the efficacy of their immune system and any of their current prescriptions may conflict with any newly prescribed treatments, thus incurring further health challenges.
- We have had certification from the Department of Economic and Community Development as well as the Department of Agriculture for our program in reference to our Covid19 safety measures (masks, hand sanitizer and required temperature monitoring).
- We are anticipating that with the upcoming winter months and the ever-existing flu season, that there would be minimal participation and we cannot always have full information regarding medical records submitted to us due to HIPPA constraints unless the participant provides clearance. Thus, our program curriculum for participants will be suspended until what we anticipate being the end of first quarter of 2021, when we hope that therapeutics and a Covid19 vaccine and expedient testing will be available.
- We will, however, continue our foundation's substantive goal to maintain the facility for retired horses or those donated for rehabilitation purposes which substantiates the acceptance of donation revenues for their maintenance, vet, farrier, and feed costs. The horses are the crucial "therapists” important to the restoration of Veterans' quality of life. Without them, there is no program.
- Continued updates on our program status will be available on this website.
- These amendments have been fully endorsed by our Board of Directors and with the approval of our charity’s CPA and legal counsel.