Author: Culliford

Weekly News Update 2nd October 2020

We are committed to ensuring that we keep all our residents and staff as safe as possible. As a preventative measure, we suspended window and garden visits on the 15th September due to the increasing infection rates.

Following the announcement of the Adult Social Care winter plan by the Government, we want to reassure you that we have taken the key points of this document around care home visiting rules, which will enable us to take a different approach.

Summary of Key points include:

  • The Government are to use a new dashboard system to monitor infections to help inform where measures should be imposed
  • Visits can be immediately suspended if advised by the local Director of Public Health
  • A tailored approach to be taken with care home restrictions, rather than a blanket rule
  • To limit Risk, where visits go ahead, this should be limited to a single constant visitor, per resident, wherever possible. This is to limit the overall numbers of visitors to care home and the consequent risk of infection
  • Visits can take place outside, or in a well ventilated dedicated visiting area.

We are very aware the impact the lockdown has had on everyone. Family play a large role in the well-being of our residents in supporting them to maintain their physical and mental well-being. Therefore, we will be introducing an Essential Family Carer visiting arrangement which, is in line with Government and local public health guidance.

We recognise that by introducing a designated Essential family carer may feel controlled but at this present time we need continue to manage the risk of infection from COVID-19 and the balance of maintaining contact with your relative.

Once the Designated Essential Carer has been identified we will be implementing additional measures. These include:

  • Agree and consent to having a weekly COVID-19 test at Culliford and have a negative test prior to visits.
  • Agree to comply with our Infection prevention and control measures.
  • Visits will be limited to a 1 hr slot once a week

I will provide further information next week outlining what to expect from your first visit. Marnie Moors our Deputy Manager and I have been contacting family members to discuss these new arrangements and we will continue to do so over the next few days.

COVID-19 Management Information

We do now have a dedicated page on our website which will give an overview of our on-going COVID-19 management.

Information will continue to be available on our website: www.cullifordhouse.co.uk, via email, our Facebook page and sending out electronic newsletters via mail chimp. If you would like to sign up to receive news, please follow our link on our website.

You can also now follow us on Instagram @ Cullifordhouse

If you have any queries regarding our management of Covid-19, you can email jeanette.acourt@cullifordhouse.co.uk

In Memory of Rita Moors

Sadly, it’s been a year since the late proprietor Rita Moors passed away. In her memory, her Grandson Kieran Moors has made a beautiful wooden bench that staff have kindly donated to. A great tribute for a wonderful lady who is very much missed.

So, what have we been up to this week!

Art Session

On Tuesday we prepared our canvas for our Autumn collage. Great enthusiasm shown by all, especially when creating texture!!!

Eyes Down!

On Wednesday we all had great fun playing Bingo. Lot’s of winners, laughter and smiles all round.

Johns Jolly – Update
Congratulation to John who continues his 5K ‘Race for Life’ challenge. Thank you to all those who have donated. Please do continue to support John by visiting his Cancer Research UK page to donate.

Well done John!

Take care and keep safe

I will continue to keep you updated weekly with what we’ve been up to and any new COVID-19 information and updates.

Take Care and keep safe.
Jeanette A’Court
Quality Manager

 

Wweekly News Update 25th September 2020

 

Our primary focus throughout this pandemic remains on keeping all of our residents safe and our staff well-equipped and protected so that they can continue to observe the very highest standards of care, cleanliness and infection control throughout Culliford House.

In June, we all agreed to align our lifting of the lockdown restrictions to the governments ‘five-stage’ plan. When aligning care homes to these five stages, we stated that we would need to reach stage two at the earliest before being able to consider relaxing any of our current restrictions. The current government COVID alert level is now at stage 4 and as a result we had made the decision to suspended visiting. The reason for this suspension is because of the rise in cases in the UK and the possible impact this could have on our residents and staff. Therefore, we need to maintain our focus and think carefully before lifting these restrictions at the moment. Considerations will need to be discussed and we would need to be implement further infection control measures for a phased lifting of visiting restrictions. These included:

  • Added resources/equipment to manage social distancing
  • Maximum time limit of 30mins per visit only and facilitating/scheduling these visits
  • 2 members of the same household to visit only
  • Temperature checks
  • Face coverings to be worn when visiting and PPE
  • Provision of hand gels/additional cleaning
  • Visitors to be well and members of their household to be well.

All of these considerations would require resourcing and increase pressure on our staff team which at this present time we are reluctant to do.

Following our review this week it was agreed that while we are all eager to reinstate visiting, relaxing these measures too quickly, the risk to our residents and staff is still high and so the procedures that we currently have in place will remain for now.

We are very grateful for your continued support and understanding during this difficult time knowing the impact this has both on our residents and relatives.

 

COVID-19 Management Information

We do now have a dedicated page on our website which will give an overview of our on-going COVID-19 management.

Information will continue to be available on our website: www.cullifordhouse.co.uk, via email, our Facebook page and sending out electronic newsletters via mail chimp. If you would like to sign up to receive news, please follow our link on our website.

If you have any queries regarding our management of Covid-19, you can email jeanette.acourt@cullifordhouse.co.uk

What have we been up to this week!

Pirate Day!

What a lovely and fun day everyone had last Friday. Great fun had by all!

Battle of Britain Remembered

This week we remembered and paid tribute to the heroes from the Battle of Britain. Always a privilege to be involved and listen to individual tributes

Keeping Fit and creative

Since lockdown, we have certainly missed Craig our ‘Communifit’ fitness instructor. We continue to maintain daily exercise and movement and this week we have transformed and upcycled some plastic bottles to use in our keep fit session

Johns Jolly

John is undertaking the 5K ‘Race for Life’ challenge and has a dedicated fundraising Page. Please support him by visiting our Facebook page to donate.

Well done John!

Take care and keep safe

I will continue to keep you updated weekly with what we’ve been up to and any new COVID-19 information and updates.

Take Care and keep safe.
Jeanette A’Court
Quality Manager

 

 

Weekly News Update 11th September 2020

On Tuesday I sent out an email informing you all that Culliford House will be suspending window and designated outdoor visits from Tuesday 15th September.

We are committed to ensuring that we keep all our residents and staff as safe as possible. As a preventative measure we have suspended window and garden visits. Therefore, we are asking visitors, including family members to not visit the home until further notice.

We have not taken this decision lightly and appreciate that this may cause some discomfort. Our concern has been the growing infection rates and the increase in the R number.

In addition, we have limited visits overall to essential visits only. Visits from the local community and external entertainment also remain cancelled for the foreseeable future.

 

Our staff will do all that they can to ensure that life at Culliford remains as comfortable and sociable as possible. We will ensure that vital medical visits are made by medical visitors who are not displaying symptoms. They will be asked to adhere to our infection prevention measure when entering and leaving the building.

 

We would really appreciate your support with these measures. Please be reassured that we are closely following Public Health England and our local authorities to ensure that we keep our residents safe and that are staff are supported to continue to deliver great care.

 

We do of course welcome family and friends to maintain telephone and Facetime contact and we are currently exploring further ways to keep you in touch.

Janet our Activities Co-Ordinator will be contacting relatives from today to discuss these arrangements with you.

COVID-19 Management Information

We do now have a dedicated page on our website which will give an overview of our on-going COVID-19 management.

Information will continue to be available on our website: www.cullifordhouse.co.uk, via email, our Facebook page and sending out electronic newsletters via mail chimp. If you would like to sign up to receive news, please follow our link on our website.

If you have any queries regarding our management of Covid-19, you can email jeanette.acourt@cullifordhouse.co.uk

 

So, what have we been up to this week!

‘Oooohhhhhhaaaarrr Me Hearties’

This week we have been getting ready for our Pirate day which takes place on Friday. We have been busy making hats, parrots and singing along to some good old fashioned ‘pirate ‘songs!

Eyes Down
Another great afternoon playing Bingo. Thank you, John, for being our Bingo caller. Always lots of excitement when residents win!

Take care and keep safe

I will continue to keep you updated weekly with what we’ve been up to and any new COVID-19 information and updates.

Take Care and keep safe.
Jeanette A’Court
Quality Manager

Weekly News Update 4th September 2020

We want to reassure you that as we approach autumn, we are continuing to make plans on how we can ensure that visiting continues as we approach colder and more unsettled weather. We have now purchased a Gazebo which has been located outside of the dining room patio door area to accommodate visits. Further plans have also been made to purchase a heater and portable ramp for wheelchair access to the Gazebo from the dining room.

As long as your relative or loved one is well enough, we will arrange for you to see and talk to them there. We will ask you to maintain two metre social distancing and request that you wear your own face covering.

How to arrange a visit

  • You should telephone the home to book a visit
  • Visits will be for a maximum of 30 minutes and limited to two visitors from the same household
  • We aim to ensure all our residents receive a visit wherever possible and so the number of pre-bookable visit times may be limited
  • If you arrive late for your pre-booked visit, the length of your visit will be reduced to ensure that other visits can go ahead on time
  • If you decide to cancel your visit, please let the Home know as soon as possible

We would like to extend our thanks to all families for booking their visiting slots and adhering to our guidelines.

Seasonal Flu

Just a reminder to visitors that we are also approaching the flu season. Please can we ask you not to visit if you have symptoms of flu or feeling unwell.

More details to follow next week regarding planned flu vaccinations for our residents.

COVID-19 Management Information

We do now have a dedicated page on our website which will give an overview of our on-going COVID-19 management.

Information will continue to be available on our website: www.cullifordhouse.co.uk, via email, our Facebook page and sending out electronic newsletters via mail chimp. If you would like to sign up to receive news, please follow our link on our website.

If you have any queries regarding our management of Covid-19, you can email jeanette.acourt@cullifordhouse.co.uk

Professional Care Workers week 1-4th September

Since the start of the pandemic we have recognised nationally the extremely important work care workers do each and every day.

We want to thank all our staff at Culliford for their continued commitment in delivering compassionate care in these difficult circumstances.

Thank You.

So, what have we been up to this week!

Autumn is fast approaching and that is our theme for the next few months. We have been colouring leaves and decorated our tree with our efforts.

We have enjoyed autumnal poems and one of our residents recited an ‘Ode to Autumn’ by poet John Keats which was a delight to listen to.

We are forever blowing Bubbles!

Great afternoon playing with Bubbles! Especially enjoying the rendition of ‘we’re for ever blowing bubbles’ from John.

Take care and keep safe

I will continue to keep you updated weekly with what we’ve been up to and any new COVID-19 information and updates.

Take Care and keep safe.
Jeanette A’Court
Quality Manager

Weekly News Update 28th August 2020

As always, we continue to closely follow Government guidance, and this has not changed in allowing visits to our home. In exceptional circumstances we are allowing essential visits in helping a new resident to settle in as we understand that for some moving can be an upheaval. We are also facilitating visits for those on end of life care so they can be with their loved one in their last days of life.

These exceptional indoor visits must be in line with government guidance and our infection, prevention, and control measures.

We will also continue to do all that we can in facilitating window and garden visits, as we understand how important this is for both residents and relatives.

We want to reassure you that as we approach autumn, we are making plans on how we can ensure that visiting continues. We will continue to communicate any updates and more detailed plans in the next couple of weeks.

COVID-19 Management Information

We do now have a dedicated page on our website which will give an overview of our on-going COVID-19 management.

Information will continue to be available on our website: www.cullifordhouse.co.uk, via email, our Facebook page and sending out electronic newsletters via mail chimp. If you would like to sign up to receive news, please follow our link on our website.

If you have any queries regarding our management of Covid-19, you can email jeanette.acourt@cullifordhouse.co.uk

So, what have we been up to this week!

Janet has been on holiday this week, so as a team we have been making sure everyone has been having fun!

On Wednesday Suzanne and Jeanette facilitated ‘Virtual Choir’ along with our choirmaster Paul. Despite a few technical issues at the beginning everyone was in fine voice and enjoyed songs from Scotland and Wales.

 Macmillan coffee morning – date for diary

We are planning to hold an outside cake stall in aid of Macmillan cancer support on Friday 29th September between 2-4pm. More details to follow.

‘Platinum’ Award of National Gold Standards Framework

In April we announced that we had achieved ‘Platinum’ status after upholding the stringent GSF Standards following our reaccreditation visit November last Year.

The GSF is a leading national standard and gives outstanding training to all those providing end of life care ensuring better lives for people along with recognised standards of care.

Suzanne Jackson Proprietor and Registered Manager said “with end of life care you only get one chance to get it right. We have a very strong team of individuals and work as one big extended family to give our residents the best experience we can, right up to their final days. Being able to receive this award again demonstrates our ongoing commitment to give the highest standards of care and we look forward to the on-going development with the GSF at Culliford House.”

As well as upholding the GSF Standards. Culliford House has also implemented numerous innovative projects to benefit the lives of our residents. One of these includes the ‘Red Bag’ Scheme, which ensures easy recognition of care home residents on the acute pathway with a standout ‘Red Bag’. This, along with standardised documentation such as hospital transfer passports, Advance Care Plans and the development of treatment escalation planning is improving ‘Patient’ outcomes for all.

Our Certificate has now arrived, but the collection of the award has been postponed until October this year and by the end of the year we plan to celebrate our success with you all.

Jo has worked at Culliford House since 1992 as a relief cook and enjoying every aspect of her role. Jo has always taken pride in cooking for everyone and has been professional, trustworthy, and hardworking

Jo has been a very valued member of the team and will be very much missed.

We wish Jo all the very best in her retirement.

Take care and keep safe

I will continue to keep you updated every fortnight with what we’ve been up to and any new Covid19 information and updates.

Jeanette A’Court

Weekly News Update 21st August 2020

It’s now been 5 months since Culliford went into lockdown and the start of the pandemic. Our day-to-day lives are very different as we adjust to what appears to the new ‘normal’ in these unprecedented times.

Throughout the pandemic, our residents and staff’s safety has always been our main priority and preventing the spread of COVI-19 into our home.

We are also continuing to participate in the governments testing initiative in carrying out routine weekly re-testing for our staff and monthly re-testing for our residents.

We are also continuing to monitor the ‘R’ rate in our local area very closely and maintain our weekly COVID-19 management meetings.

Our PPE stock levels are monitored each week and we continue to have sufficient levels of PPE to deliver care safely and confidently.

Visiting Reminder

At present we are only able to offer garden visits or essential visits. Should your loved one become acutely unwell or be approaching their final days of life we are able to accommodate essential visits. In these circumstances we can allow up to 2 relatives from the same household to visit.

How to arrange a visit and visitors’ protocol

  1. Telephone the home to book an appointment
  2. Visits will be a maximum of 30mins and limited to two visitors from the same house hold.
  3. We aim to ensure that all residents receive a visit, therefore the number of pre-bookable visits may be limited.
  4. If you arrive late for your pre-booked visit, the length of your visit will be reduced to ensure that other visits can go ahead.
  5. Should you wish to cancel your visit, please let us know at the earliest opportunity.
  6. Visitors are asked to wear their own face coverings
  7. If you are unwell or any members of your household are self-isolating, we ask that you don’t visit
  8. If you have recently returned from a foreign holiday you are advised not to visit
  9. Ensure that any gifts that you bring are handed to staff to provide opportunity for sanitisation, in-line with our infection prevention control measures.

On arrival

  • Please ring the main doorbell
  • You will be asked to sign attendance register and a temperature check will be taken.
  • In compliance with our infection prevention measures you will be asked to use hand gel to sanitise hands and advised to wear your face covering.
  • Staff will then take you to the designated outside visiting area

COVID-19 Management Information

We do now have a dedicated page on our website which will give an overview of our on-going COVID-19 management.

Information will continue to be available on our website: www.cullifordhouse.co.uk, via email, our Facebook page and sending out electronic newsletters via mail chimp. If you would like to sign up to receive news, please follow our link on our website.

 

If you have any queries regarding our management of Covid-19, you can email jeanette.acourt@cullifordhouse.co.uk

So, what have we been up to this week!

 

VJ Day Memories

We commemorated the end of the war in Japan and shared our memories of that day. We enjoyed watching film clips of the celebrations that took place in London and a number of our residents remembered the dancing and rejoicing that went on.

Getting creative with sand and enjoying a taste of summer!

This week we’ve been busy creating sand candle jars. This was quite a complicated process but overall a successful outcome finished off with a tea light.

Our taste of summer, despite the weather on Wednesday was enjoying a selection of ice-creams with various toppings. Although we didn’t have the ice-cream van, we made our own and had a rendition of ‘Greensleeves’ by our residents. In all we had a lovely time!

Take care and keep safe

I will continue to keep you updated every fortnight with what we’ve been up to and any new Covid19 information and updates.

Jeanette A’Court

Quality Manager

 

Weekly News Update 14th August 2020

Since March, we have been closed to visitors which has enabled us to effectively shield our residents and keep them safe. We appreciate how exceptionally difficult this has been for both residents and relatives not to see loved ones over the past few months and we want to thank you for your on-going understanding.

On the 3rd August we introduced garden visits with an appointment and therefore current restrictions will still apply. Booking of these visits is essential and we advise you to continue to book your visits in the usual way. It has been lovely to see families reunited, albeit at a distance.

Our priority continues to be preventing the spread of Covid-19 and maintaining the safety and well-being of our residents, their visitors, and our staff. We hope you will understand that by permitting even restricted visiting in this way we cannot guarantee that the risk of infection is removed completely, but by following these measures, we can significantly minimise that risk.

I would also like to reassure you that our processes remain in place to protect everyone in our care.

COVID-19 Management Information

We do now have a dedicated page on our website which will give an overview of our on-going COVID-19 management.

We also want to thank our staff at Culliford for their continued commitment in delivering compassionate care in these difficult circumstances. Staff will continue to use PPE and wearing face coverings. During this current heatwave we are very aware of the challenges staff face whilst wearing PPE

Information will continue to be available on our website: www.cullifordhouse.co.uk, via email, our Facebook page and sending out electronic newsletters via mail chimp. If you would like to sign up to receive news, please follow our link on our website.

If you have any queries regarding our management of Covid-19, you can email jeanette.acourt@cullifordhouse.co.uk

So What have we been up to this week!

Crafting

We have been very creative this week creating some lovely pictures using knives and forks to create texture and making our own summer bunting.

Virtual Choir

Our choir was in fine voice despite the heat on Wednesday. Thank you once again to our choirmaster Paul cheater.

Employee of the month – Pete Hassell Care Assistant

Pete has gone above and beyond lately in his role and has covered an enormous number of shifts and is always flexible to meet the needs of the service. Pete has recently come up with new ideas and suggestions to improve service delivery especially in relation to night care needs and has nearly completed his NVQ qualification. Pete maintains a consistent professional approach towards his colleagues, Residents and relatives at all times and is a good all-rounder!

And finally, John has finished his summer jigsaw puzzle ahead of time. Well done John.

Take care and keep safe

I will continue to keep you updated every fortnight with what we’ve been up to and any new Covid19 information and updates.

Jeanette A’Court

Quality Manager

Weekly News Update 7th August 2020 -COVID-19 Visiting information for relatives

Can I visit my family member?

For the moment we are unable to offer visits without an appointment or entry into the building itself. We hope you will be able to arrange to visit your loved one in one of the following ways:

  • Designated outdoor areas
    We will set aside an outside designated area where visits can take place, such as the garden.
  • Window visits
    Where a garden visit cannot take place, a ground floor window visit will be considered in a dedicated space via patio doors or through an open window.

As long as your relative is well enough to go into the garden, we will arrange for you to see and talk to them there. We will ask you to maintain two metre social distancing and request that you wear your own face covering.

Should your loved one become acutely unwell or be approaching their final days of life we are able to accommodate essential visits. In these circumstances we can allow up to two relatives from the same household at any time to visit subject to the following arrangements:

  • Your temperature must be taken by the Head of Care or Senior Carer before coming into the home and this must be below 37.8C.
  • Relatives must be open and honest and inform the Home if they have been isolating or symptomatic in the previous 14 days
  • In compliance with our infection prevention measures you will be asked to use hand gel to sanitise hands
  • You will need to wear the appropriate PPE during the visit. A donning and doffing station for this will made available in the front porch

What is the process for visiting

  • Visits are by appointment only so please telephone the home to arrange a slot.
  • Visits will generally be for a maximum of 30 minutes. Those who travel extensive distances to visit a relative may be granted an extended visit by prior agreement where this can be accommodated.
  • Residents can receive up to two visitors at a time
  • Visitors are always required to maintain a minimum safe distance of at least 2 metres.
  • Visitors should wear their own face covering.
  • Unfortunately, we are unable to offer refreshments during visits

How to arrange a garden Visit

  • You should telephone the home to book a visit.
  • Visits will be for a maximum of 30 minutes and limited to two visitors from the same household.
  • We aim to ensure all our residents receive a visit wherever possible and so the number of pre-bookable visit times may be limited.
  • If you arrive late for your pre-booked visit, the length of your visit will be reduced to ensure that other visits can go ahead on time.
  • If you decide to cancel your visit, please let the Home know as soon as possible.

On arrival

  • Please ring the main doorbell
  • You will be asked to sign attendance register and a temperature check will be taken.
  • In compliance with our infection prevention measures you will be asked to use hand gel to sanitise hands and advised to wear your face covering.
  • Staff will then take you to the designated outside visiting area

Our priority continues to be preventing the spread of Covid-19 and maintaining the safety and well-being of our residents, their visitors and our staff. We hope you will understand that by permitting even restricted visiting in this way we cannot guarantee that the risk of infection is removed completely, but by following these measures, we can significantly minimise that risk.

If you have any queries regarding our management of Covid-19, you can email jeanette.acourt@cullifordhouse.co.uk

Information will continue to be available on our website: www.cullifordhouse.co.uk, via email, our Facebook page and sending out electronic newsletters via mail chimp. If you would like to sign up to receive news, please follow our link on our website

With the ongoing help and co-operation of all our relatives, visiting professionals, contractors, and staff, we are managing to keep all our residents safe and well and free from the COVID-19 virus.

Many thanks again for your ongoing patience and co-operation.

 

Weekly News update 24th July 2020

On Wednesday the Government published updated guidance on visiting care homes. The isolating effects of lockdown have been difficult for residents and families, but the rate of community transmission has fallen and care homes can now arrange visits based on new guidance to limit further outbreaks, and protect staff and residents. These arrangements will be based on the advice set out in new guidance to limit any further outbreaks and protect staff and residents. We have been advised that Local Directors of Public Health will lead assessments on visiting within our local authority. It’s expected to take a measured, risk-assessed approach, considering the situation in specific care homes as well as the community context, including any local outbreaks.

Matt Hancock, Health & Social Care Secretary, said:

 “I know how painful it has been for those in care homes not being able to receive visits from their loved ones throughout this period. “We are now able to carefully and safely allow visits to care homes, which will be based on local knowledge and circumstances for each care home. “It is really important that we don’t undo all of the hard work of care homes over the last few months while ensuring families and friends can be safely reunited so we have put in place guidance that protects everyone.”

We understand that with restrictions easing in several places nationally you may feel now is a safe time to visit your loved ones in their own rooms.  We continue to follow all Infection Control and Prevention guidance and government policy and as such will be continuing with external visits only following all the guidelines currently in place.  We will of course continue to constantly review the national picture and as soon as we believe it is safe for our residents, we will revise the current arrangements.

 

From Monday 3rd August, Garden visits will become possible with your relative or friend by pre-booking a visit appointment directly with the Home.

As long as your relative or loved one is well enough to go into the garden, we will arrange for you to see and talk to them there. We will ask you to maintain two metre social distancing and request that you wear your own face covering.

We are now taking bookings for these visits.

How to arrange a Garden visit

  • You should telephone the home to book a visit
  • Visits will be for a maximum of 30 minutes and limited to two visitors from the same household
  • We aim to ensure all our residents receive a visit wherever possible and so the number of pre-bookable visit times may be limited
  • If you arrive late for your pre-booked visit, the length of your visit will be reduced to ensure that other visits can go ahead on time
  • If you decide to cancel your visit, please let the Home know as soon as possible

 

We would like to extend our thanks to all families for booking their visiting slots  and adhering to our guidelines.

COVID-19 Management Information

Website information

COVID-19 Management Information
We have a dedicated page on our website which gives an overview of our on-going COVID-19 management.

Information will continue to be available on our website: www.cullifordhouse.co.uk, via email, our Facebook page and sending out electronic newsletters via mail chimp. If you would like to sign up to receive news, please follow our link on our website

 So What have we been up to this week!

A spot of flower arranging and preparing pudding!

This week we’ve enjoyed making floral arrangements for the tables and making a lemon mousse which was delicious.

 

Mid-week fun and games!

Creativity and fun were the order of the day on Wednesday. Some lovely pictures were created of our ‘floral’ still art followed by a game of Bingo! Prizes galore and a chocolate for everyone at the end.

Sydney Guzzle
And finally, on Tuesday we finished our scarecrow. Margaret has named him Sidney Guzzle and has taken up residence in the garden. Someone you’ll certainly see during our garden visiting.

 

Take care and keep safe

Jeanette A’Court

Quality Manager

Weekly News Update 17th July 2020

In last week’s newsletter I informed you that The department of Health and Social Care had published new testing guidance.

This new testing strategy comes following the latest advice from SAGE and new evidence from the Vivaldi 1 study indicating a higher prevalence in care homes, and therefore a case for frequent testing in care homes and their staff.

This week we commenced testing for Residents and Staff, and welcome the new Department of Health and Social Care’s advice to test all of our staff on a weekly re-testing cycle and re-testing for residents every 28days.

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said” This will not only keep residents and care workers safe, but it will give certainly a peace of mind to families who may be worried about their loved ones, and give staff confidence to do what they do best”. The weekly testing has certainly been a welcome step by the government but if you still have concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch by email to jeanette.acourt@cullifordhouse.co.uk

A big thank you once again to Marnie and Jemma who are co-ordinating the testing Programme at Culliford House

 

 

 

 

 

From Monday 3rd August, Garden visits will become possible with your relative or friend by pre-booking a visit appointment directly with the Home.

As long as your relative or loved one is well enough to go into the garden, we will arrange for you to see and talk to them there. We will ask you to maintain two metre social distancing and request that you wear your own face covering.

We will be taking bookings for these visits from Monday 20th July

How to arrange a Garden visit

  • You should telephone the home to book a visit
  • Visits will be for a maximum of 30 minutes and limited to two visitors from the same household
  • We aim to ensure all our residents receive a visit wherever possible and so the number of pre-bookable visit times may be limited
  • If you arrive late for your pre-booked visit, the length of your visit will be reduced to ensure that other visits can go ahead on time
  • If you decide to cancel your visit, please let the Home know as soon as possible

 

With the ongoing and continued help and co-operation of all our relatives, visiting professionals, contractors and staff, we are managing to keep all our residents safe and well and free from the COVI-19 virus.

I’d would also like to reassure you that our processes still remain in place to protect everyone in our care.

COVID-19 Management Information

We will soon have a dedicated page on our website which will give an overview of our on-going COVID-19 management.

Information will continue to be available on our website: www.cullifordhouse.co.uk, via email, our Facebook page and sending out electronic newsletters via mail chimp. If you would like to sign up to receive news, please follow our link on our website.

What have we been up to this week!

Who’s Who

We’ve been naming wildlife and their young ones – not easy wearing a facemask and explaining whether it’s in an across or down clue! Lots of giggles and fun hearing the answers!

 

 

 

 

Crafting

We’ve been very creative this week using pastels to create some lovely pictures of sunrise and sunsets.

 

During book club this week we paid tribute to a very dear friend and all agreed that the flowers we received truly reflected how special she was to us all.

 

Employee of the month – Debbie Samways Care Assistant

Debbie has been conscientious and dependable during this ongoing pandemic. Throughout this pandemic there has always been a willingness to learn and demonstrates a high level of integrity in everything she does. Debbie maintains a consistent professional approach towards her colleagues, Residents and relatives at all times and is passionate that all residents should live well and demonstrates the values of the home in promoting a gold standard of care.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take Care and keep safe.
Jeanette A’Court
Quality Manager