Our priority is to ensure we keep all of our residents, visitors and staff safe during this Covid-19 pandemic; we are committed to continue providing the best care and support for everyone. We are working closely with UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), local authorities and complying with the government advice to ensure that any risks of Covid-19 are well managed and that people are protected. In addition we have adequate supplies of quality Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to ensure safety.
EXTRA CARE HOUSING & SUPPORTED HOUSING STATUS
Extra Care Housing
We are committed to ensuring the safety of our extra care housing residents and we therefore ask that all residents who stay overnight in hospital self-isolate for 10 days, in their apartments, as an additional precaution, in addition we will also be asking all new residents to isolate for 10 days as a precaution and to protect others living and working in the scheme
The restaurants in each scheme are open, however, at present a sittings service has been adopted to ensure compliance with the government’s social distancing requirements. If you would like to enquire about one of our schemes, please contact the scheme you are interested in.
All housing and care staff continue to practice safely and are taking their vaccinations when requested.
Our supported housing schemes are open to lettings, if you are interested in one of our supported houses, please do contact the house in question. As with all of our housing schemes we ask that any residents who stay overnight in hospital self-isolate for 10 days in their room, this will ensure a protection period is achieved for new and existing residents. New residents moving in to the scheme will be required to self-isolate for 10 days as a precaution and to protect others.
All housing staff continue to practice safely and are taking their vaccinations when requested.
CARE HOMES STATUS
All of our care homes remain open to new residents* and we continue to welcome any new enquiries if you are in need of support to care for your loved one. Please contact the home you are interested in directly for further information. The health and wellbeing of our current residents is our top priority and therefore we have put in place thorough procedures for admitting new residents:
• New admissions from hospital will be tested prior to moving in and will need to have a negative test result;
• Full screening of new residents will take place to ensure that they are displaying no signs or symptoms of Covid-19;
• New residents will only be asked to undertake a 14 day protection period if they are moving to the care home from hospital or another care home, if they are moving to the care home from the community a 14 day protection period of isolation will no longer be required;
• New residents will be monitored daily and undergo temperature checks.
• All new residents will be asked their Covid-19 vaccination status on admission and will be invited to join the vaccination programme
Please see the attached PDF regarding our visitor guide.
Our Facebook page enables us to share events and activities within the home to our social media audience.
Activities and meaningful occupation are very important for all our residents. We are continuing to provide a programme of activities within our care homes, some of which you may have seen on our Facebook page.
In line with recent government updates, we continue to test all residents and staff, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not. We are also continuing to work closely with UKHSA teams to ensure that anyone who displays any signs or symptoms that could be related to Covid-19 are both isolated and have access to further testing.
What happens if a resident contracts Covid-19?
If a resident develops symptoms of Covid-19, they will immediately be isolated within their room to complete the mandatory 14-day protection period, advised by the UK government. We will immediately test the resident to confirm Covid-19 and seek advice from our local health professionals, as well as UKHSA.
Our main priority is to provide care for the resident concerned, as well as protecting staff and other residents from contracting the virus. We will follow the strict protocols for the care and support of individuals with Covid-19, in line with all the latest government guidance, including the use of full PPE for staff at all times.
We will continue to closely monitor the resident and will seek further medical assistance where necessary.
We will inform the nominated next of kin immediately if their loved one becomes unwell and will provide regular updates on their health and wellbeing.
*Any care home with an outbreak of Covid-19 will be closed to both visitors and admissions for indoor visits to keep people safe. However each home has a visiting Pod and can arrange window visits so you can keep in contact and see residents.
GOV.UK – Coronavirus resource centre
Updated 15th December 2021