As winter now approaches, we are mindful that the Covid-19 virus is still with us and in certain areas the number of cases is increasing.
We are abiding by the most recent government guidance issued on the 24th of August 2022 which states,
Face masks should be worn by all care workers and encouraged for visitors in care settings and when providing care in people’s own homes, irrespective of whether the person being cared for is known or suspected to have COVID-19 or not. This is sometimes referred to as ‘universal masking’ or ‘source control’ and is a means of preventing any spread of infection from the mask wearer.
We will continue encourage all visitors to the homes to wear as mask unless exempt, this will reduce the risk of transmission of the Covid-19 virus and the influenza virus for our resident’s, staff and visitors. (This does not apply in Scotland unless there is an outbreak.)
We would also request that those visiting our homes maintain good hand hygiene, this will support in the reduction of Covid-19, Influenza, and seasonal winter vomiting infections.
We would like to thank you for your continued support in maintaining safety in our homes and would like to remind you, that if you are feeling unwell with cold / flu or stomach bug symptoms not to visit your loved ones in the homes.
Our priority remains the health and safety of residents, their families, and our staff team.
We have worked and continue to work within the guidelines issued by government and devolved government around COVID 19.
Our management team is dedicated to ensuring that our practices, policies and procedures are in line with the guidelines and that our staff teams are aware of what these are.
We work closely with our partners in the NHS and in Social Care utilising the skills of the local health protection teams as required.
The teams in each of our homes are updated as things change and ensure our residents are as safe as possible during the pandemic.
The restrictions on visitors means we are unable to provide prospective residents or their families with an opportunity to visit the home to see what we offer and speak with other residents who enjoy our services.
We can, however, provide a virtual show-around on request. Every new resident will be subject to a period of isolation on admission in line with the guidance, but our staff teams aim to make this period as interesting and enjoyable as possible.
At the same time all our homes use digital technology to allow face to face calls to be made on-line to families and friends. After all we are here to care and that’s exactly what we do, care.