Covid-19 update – 16th June 2020

As we enter our fourth month of general restrictions during Covid-19, we are still not in a position to open our homes for relatives to visit their loved ones. We are awaiting new government and local guidance around this and will be sure to update you all as soon as we can resume visiting albeit in a different way than before. Hopefully we will see the return of the warmer weather which might allow visits to take place in our gardens.

What is still in place and we anticipate staying the same for some time is the visiting arrangements should your loved one become acutely unwell or towards their final days of life.

We will allow up to 2 relatives at any time to visit subject to the following conditions:

  • Hands must be washed before coming into the Home
  • Temperature must be taken by the nurse/ senior before coming into the main home and this must be below 37.8 C
  • Relatives must be open and honest and inform the Home if they have been isolating or symptomatic in the previous 14 days.
  • Agree to wearing the appropriate PPE during the visit dependent on whether their relative is symptomatic or not at the time of the visit. For residents who are not symptomatic of the virus we would ask that they wear a surgical mask only.

We also take staff temperatures before they commence their shift and we take resident temperatures and other clinical observations twice a day.

We continue to work as safely as possible to minimise the likelihood of the virus returning to our homes.

Our teams will keep you updated should your loved one show any signs of covid-19 or require a swab test. We will contact the GP to inform them too. Thankfully testing kits have now been received, residents have been tested by our trained staff and swabs sent off for analysis. We will inform you of the result and any next steps. Our care staff are also going through the testing programme in line with guidance.

As in our everyday life, care homes are also being asked to create bubbles in each home where we can look after residents who may be symptomatic, covid positive or go into isolation for a number of residents including admission to the Home. The size of the bubbles will vary from home to home but essentially it will be a small number of rooms, where a dedicated team can support people safely with a high level of infection control measures.

We see this as a positive move to keep transmission rates to a minimum and to allow residents to cohort in one area. Our isolation period for any admissions remains at 14 days irrespective of a negative test result in hospital prior to discharge.

We have some amazing support and generosity from families and friends of our homes which has really lifted the spirits of residents and staff alike.

As always our residents and staff remain our primary focus and we will continue to keep you updated with any changes to our practices.