From 19th July, the general public have seen most restrictions relaxed. However, within the care homes we have to maintain the protected space within the homes and most restrictions for the residents remain.
Visiting is allowed. Family and friends can visit, although guidelines with regard to testing, PPE and social distancing must be adhered to.
Visits out of care homes are allowed but this must be supervised by a member of staff or with one of the resident’s nominated visitors. Visits out of the care home should ensure social distancing is adhered to, and crowded places and public transport should be avoided. Anyone that the resident comes into contact with should have been tested negative on the day of contact. A risk assessment is carried out for each visit out of the care home and if the risk of becoming infected with the virus and the associated risks of transmission back in the care home are too great, then the resident would need to isolate for 14 days on return.
We are observing the following procedures to help keep people safe:
The single most effective prevention against the disease is good hand washing with soap and water. All staff and residents follow stringent procedures on this including when to wash hands and following the correct technique. Alcohol sanitising gel is utilised in addition to hand washing, not replacing it unless access to soap and water is not possible.
Comprehensive cleaning and disinfecting schedules are followed within the home. This will be intensified should we have any suspected or confirmed cases of Covid -19.
Temperatures of residents are checked twice a day. Temperatures of staff are checked when they come on shift.
Public transport is not used. We have 5 vehicles available between the 3 homes and so this is not a problem.
We continue to access open spaces in the countryside for a daily walk. These are proving ever popular, and new walks are being found to ensure minimal contact with other people and keeping it interesting. Bike rides in small groups (individual homes) will also continue. Whenever we support residents with physical exercise, we ensure that it is at locations where we are unlikely to pass other people but that there is plenty of space if we do.
Daily exercise is extremely important because a lot of what we do is supporting people to engage in gainful pursuits and occupation. The period of risk from infection will last a long time and it is beneficial for everyone’s physical and mental health to be able to access the outdoors and countryside.
Lack of access to the outdoors can increase the risk of the following non-exhaustive list:
• Self harm behaviours (specific residents)
• Arguments between residents
• Aggressive behaviours increasing
• Physical attacks toward other residents and staff
• Mental health problems
Increases in behavioural problems may then lead to a greater need for outside specialist behavioural or medical help further increasing the risk from Covid-19.
The residents are subject to very stringent restrictions but without fully understanding why or indeed the gravity of the current situation. Although staff discuss the situation regularly and expose the residents to the news, once a week a group discussion after tea will take place to update residents on what is happening and to allow them the opportunity to voice their frustrations.
Any medical need is discussed with health professionals initially over the telephone photos can be shared and if the need for follow up is considered necessary we can arrange a convenient time.
Any contractor coming into the building have to follow the rules for visits to the home, including testing and PPE. Appropriate time for work to be done will be agreed for when there are fewer residents likely to be around.
Visitors & Family Contact
Please see the Visitors Policy below.
Despite restrictions having been relaxed for the general public, staff are urged to consider the risk of any activities carefully and keep themselves as safe as possible.
We will continue to monitor all policies and procedures and make amendments where necessary to help protect everyone in these difficult times.
Below is the current Visitor’s Policy
Additionally, there are comprehensive risk assessment within the homes that are updated regularly