Following the announcement of the Adult Social Care winter plan by the Government two weeks ago, we provided a summary of the key points of this document around care home visiting rules, which would 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 recognised that having a single designated visitor for all residents, with other options being covered under an individual risk assessment, in practice was not workable. Everyone of our residents need regular visits from their family and friends and a single constant ‘designated’ visitor would be distressing for our residents (and their families) in terms of having to choose between friends and family members who were able to visit. Also, undertaking multiple risk assessments for every expectation including weekly testing is also not practicable at this present time.
We have therefore implemented the following visitor protocol:
Visits will take place in our outdoor Gazebo from the 1st November. We will also need to 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
- 1 visitor 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.
Marnie Moors our Deputy Manager and Jemma have been contacting family members to discuss these new arrangements and we will continue to do so over the next few days.
Marnie is our Visiting co-ordinator and will update date you further in the coming week.
Other contact can still be supported via letters, emails, telephone calls and video calls using Skype/Zoom/Facetime.
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.
So, what have we been up to this week!
Getting Ready for Harvest
We’ve been busy this week preparing for our Harvest Festival. Lots of willing helpers as always! We’ve made cakes, pumpkin table decorations and our Harvest wreath
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.