Many of our homes have dedicated general, dementia and / or mental health wings so that our nurses can focus on the specific care the residents need at different times in their lives. Our aim is to enable our residents to maintain and maximise their abilities and to remain socially active as much as possible.
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Response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus)
Update to Home Status Regarding Visits
Last Update: 15th of January 2021
Due to the easing of restrictions over the Christmas period and the new highly transmissible strain of Covid19, cases are rising rapidly. We, along with many other care providers nationally, have experienced recent outbreaks in some of our homes. Consequently, we are increasingly fearful for the safety of our residents and so, we have taken the difficult decision to take further protective measures within our homes.
Increased testing of our staff has been beneficial in identifying asymptomatic cases, however, we have also found our workforce to be depleted due to self-isolation. We are therefore restructuring our daily activities to ensure that our staff still have time to maintain a high standard of care for our residents, whilst also being able to comply with the robust infection control measures in place. Therefore, we have taken the decision to temporarily suspend pod visits for a two-week period. In turn this will also limit movement within our homes and therefore prevent the potential spread of the new variant of Covid19.
Whilst we understand that this temporary suspension will be hard for many of you and your loved ones, we feel that taking these measures during the peak of the post-Christmas wave is the most effective way to limit the spread and ensure the safety of your loved ones.
During this time all our staff and residents will have access to the first dose of the vaccine and will be protected further with all staff being tested regularly, prior to the start of their shifts. Residents will be cared for in their rooms where able, with staff donning fresh PPE between visiting each resident. A new one-to-one activity schedule has been created to ensure all of our residents are kept stimulated with meaningful activities on a daily basis.
For our homes that have wings where residents walk with purpose, socially distanced group activities will take place in the lounge areas.
The booking system with Pod Visits will be temporarily replaced with a booking system for video calls, to allow for a fair and equal chance for everybody to make use of this facility. In the same way in which you booked your Pod Visits, please begin to book video calls with the homes’ administrative team.
As mentioned above this is a temporary change put in place purely for the safety and protection of your loved ones. We will update you prior to the 31st January once we have reviewed the measures in place and decided upon the necessary changes.
We hope that you will support our staff in this decision as their workload and emotional strain continues to increase as a direct result of the virus. Many local councils have advised Care providers to take further precautions if they feel it necessary, and we are confident that a short ‘circuit break’ like this will place us in a more favourable position to ride out the wave.