There are now no government restrictions on visiting. Visitors no longer need to book their visit in advance or to show evidence of a negative lateral flow test on arrival. The only exception to this that you may be asked to test if you are actually supporting care activities and giving personal care. Government guidelines still recommend that visitors should wear a face mask (covering their mouth, nose and chin) throughout indoor visits. This is not necessary for visits outdoors unless you are getting very close to your relative. If he or she struggles with face recognition and/or becomes distressed, you can wear a clear visor instead. We will continue to supply both masks and visors. For the sake of good hygiene and infection control we would also ask visitors to wash their hands before and after visiting. Please do not visit if you have Covid-19 or feel ill with any symptoms. There are many other illnesses in circulation that could be risky for our vulnerable residents!
Yes. According to new government rules, residents no longer have to test for Covid-19 following short or overnight visits out of the home. Nor is there any need for them to isolate following ‘high-risk’ visits out, including emergency hospital stays. However, if you do wish to take your relative out of the home, can you please:
There is no longer any need for visitors to produce evidence of a negative lateral flow test on arrival. The only exception to this that you may be asked to test if you are actually supporting care activities and giving personal care.
There are no longer any restrictions on visiting your relative. However, we will be in touch with you if we believe that your relative is nearing the end of his or her life and will discuss next steps with you.
There is no longer a legal obligation for staff to be vaccinated but we strongly recommend to all our staff that they are fully protected by the vaccines. We will continue to apply our usual hygiene and infection control routines, such as regular, thorough hand washing, wearing PPE and cleaning before and after visiting sessions. Residents and staff have now had three doses of Covid-19 vaccine, including a booster. Our residents are also eligible for a further booster which is rolling out to care homes this spring.
If we suspect that a resident has the virus (whether or not they display symptoms) we will immediately isolate and test them for the virus. If they test positive we will nurse them in isolation for at least 10 days unless they receive two consecutive negative tests within 24 hours from day five onwards. However, they may receive one visitor during their isolation period and also spend time outdoors, providing that they do not come into contact with other residents. Our priorities are to care for the resident concerned and protect other residents and their relatives from contracting the illness.
Our staff will continue to wear PPE in accordance with government guidelines. We have ample supplies and are confident that our protective measures will continue to be effective in helping to ensure everyone’s safety and wellbeing.
According to new government guidance staff must continue to test using lateral flow tests twice times a week. We will no longer be routinely testing residents unless they develop symptoms of Covid-19 or we suspect that they may have the virus.
For some time we have welcomed outside entertainers into the home. They will continue to be required to wear masks or face visors, but will not be obliged to test before entry into the home. As the weather continues to get warmer, we look forward to getting out and about a lot more with our residents.
The government now defines an outbreak as “two or more positive (or clinically suspected) linked cases of Covid-19 associated with the same setting within a 14-day period”, and this applies to both staff and residents. The Health Protection Team, local authority or CCG will undertake a risk assessment and may close the home to visitors apart from essential care givers.
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