November 2020 Newsletter

Once again the country is in lockdown with cases of Covid-19 rising. Please be assured that residents and staff continue to be closely monitored and should any possible symptoms be present then a test is quickly arranged and the residents/staff are isolated until the results are received. Weekly testing of staff continues and residents are tested every twenty eight days with our next whole testing to be completed on Tuesday 10th November 2020. The homes current status is Covid free at present.

We understand that keeping in touch with loved ones is important for the mental wellbeing of our residents and their families so following the recent changes in government guidelines we are making some changes to our visitors’ policy.  The following stay in touch options are available for families to choose from:

In bedroom visits – These are only available to “essential visitors” and all visitors will be included in our weekly testing program. A risk assessment will have to completed prior to entering the home. PPE must be worn throughout the visit and visitors will enter / leave the home at the nearest entrance. All visits are to be prebooked with Management.

Coming Soon New Visitor Room – The new visitors room is now ready HURRAH!!!. However sadly the room cannot be opened at present due to ongoing infection rates within local areas. We will advise you as soon as restrictions have been lifted, but we are hoping the room will be opened once lockdown is lifted in December.

Room facilities include refreshment stand, hand washing facilities, hand sanitizer station outside the room and additional hand washing facilities at the front of the building. A desk area on each side of the room with screens separating residents from families/friends. There is an intercom fitted to assist residents with sensory impairments.

A staff member will be present to assist residents during the visit. We propose initially the visits will be for 30 mins at a time with an hour gap in between to ensure the home can be fully disinfected between each visit. All visitors will have their temperature taken upon arrival and asked to complete a risk assessment prior to the start of their visit. PPE will be supplied which is to be worn during the visit. Masks are to be worn at all times you are on site. Interactions between staff, other family members and residents are to be kept to a minimum. The visitors room will only hold a maximum of two visitors at any time.