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: 10th June 2020
We are writing to you with an update regarding visits to see your loved ones. You may be aware, that the government guidelines on shielding remain in place for those at high risk until the end of June. Although, with the governments lifting of restrictions, it would appear that infection and death rates are decreasing, we feel it would be prudent to maintain our residents isolated in our homes until we can be sure that the downward trend is consistent. As a result, we are aiming to be able to start facilitating visits in two weeks’ time (Monday 29th June 2020). We believe that this will give us enough time to implement further training and robust systems to ensure the highest level of infection control.
In addition to the ‘new normal’ that was outlined in our previous letter to you, we would like to provide you with a summary of the further training and systems we are currently implementing;
In order to increase staff awareness all of our staff in Cedar Care are:
Currently receiving Covid19 specific infection control training, in addition to frequent briefings reflecting new government guidelines as and when they are updated.
Being tested and retested (when test scores are below 100%)
Our staff are creating their own home-specific Covid19 ‘Oath’, which they will use to remind them of their commitment to protect our Residents.
In order to prevent the virus from entering into the home we are;
Finalising a robust & stringent system to enable families and friends to visit their loved ones in a risk-free environment
Creating bespoke Access & Egress areas for each individual home – where staff can change into clean uniforms and footwear before entering the home
Implementing top to toe decontamination of staff with disinfectant spray before they enter the home
In order to prevent the spread of infection inside of the homes we are;
Increasing the working hours of the domestic teams to allow for nightly cleaning and disinfecting schedules to be completed
Continuously sourcing and replenishing PPE stocks at home level and head office level (for redistribution)
And finally, continuous daily internal audits and weekly external audits are being carried out to ensure compliance at all times.
We hope that the above information will help you to identify why we feel it would be counteractive to allow home visits at this stage. We feel that once the above systems are running and all necessary training has been completed, we will find ourselves in a far safer and risk-free environment to allow the home visits to take place.
Once again, thank you for your co-operation during these unprecedented times.
If you would like to read more about everything we are doing to keep your loved ones safe and well, please click the link.