Coronavirus - Fighting the Good Fight
It has been a little while since we last spoke to you so we thought that it was time for an update on our efforts to keep our community and staff safe in the midst of this pandemic.
The last several weeks have been challenging. We have not been immune to the much-publicised battles to get coronavirus tests and PPE so that we can create a safe environment for our residents and staff and also continue to receive support from our community partners to help in the day to day management of our residents’ many cognitive and other health related issues.
One of our biggest challenges and greatest sadnesses has been the closure of the home whilst we had a small numer of suspected and actual cases of Coronavirus. Explaining to our residents, many of whom lack capacity on some level, that they must stay in their rooms and cannot see their wonderful families. Having to curtail our regular outings. All of this has been very confusing and disorientating.
Thankfully, with the care and attention of our splendid team and their hard work in maintaining the highest standards of cleaning and infection control, we are happy to report that everybody has made a good recovery and that we have been COVID free for some weeks now. We remain vigilant and continue to monitor the temperatures of staff and residents on a daily basis, watching for any early signs of possible infection.
Our residents are no longer confined to their rooms and communal activities have started again. This has had a hugely positive effect on everybody’s morale, especially for those for whom walking around the home and gardens is such a pleasure. Have a glance at our Facebook page to see the fun being had by all and a big thank you to all our fabulous staff for arranging these activities.
We are hoping to take tentative steps to our new normal regarding visiting from next week. Each day we will be allowing two residents to receive visitors in the garden prioviding they have the capacity to maintain social distancing with support from us and their family. This will be a trial and we hope will bring benefits to mental health for both residents and relatives alike.
We’d like to say a big thank you to the families of our residents, your messages of support and encouragement have been greatly appreciated, and thanks also to all of the community partners and other frontline workers that have enabled us to create a safe environment for our residents and our staff.