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COVID-19

COVID-19 LATEST UPDATE & GUIDANCE FOR VISITING OUR HOMES.

UPDATED: 23 March 2020

FULL VISITING RESTRICTIONS NOW IN PLACE TO SUPPORT SOCIAL DISTANCING

THIS ALLOWS US TO COCOON THE VULNERABLE AND PROTECT OUR CARE STAFF

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORT

As a responsible care home provider and employer, we have been keeping abreast of the latest guidance being produced by Public Health England, the government body responsible for advising on appropriate actions to take to reduce the likelihood of the spread of COVID-19 in the UK and have been taking preventative steps since early February.

Public Health England have stated that the most effective method of reducing onward transmission of COVID-19 is via handwashing. Below is their guidance on washing your hands with soap and hot water:

 

It is also very important to:

 

 

General guidance is also available to the public : www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Visiting our homes:

Should you consider it necessary to visit our care homes please review the information below.

We ask that non-essential visitors do not attend our care homes with immediate effect, these include:

All Relatives and friends
**SKPYE FACILITIES NOW AVAIALBLE ON AN APPOINTMENT BASIS** – **CALL FOR DETAILS**
Social workers, residents representatives, CQC and contract managers
**SKPYE FACILITIES NOW AVAIALBLE ON AN APPOINTMENT BASIS** – **CALL FOR DETAILS**
Children under 16 years
Community Groups using our facilities e.g. Dementia Cafes, Youth Groups, School Visits, Nursery Children
Students visits
External Activity Providers/Entertainers
Publicity events/and open days with public attendance e.g. coffee mornings. Fish and chip lunches etc

At this time the following essential visitors can continue to visit on the basis of the following criteria:

You have not travelled abroad in the last 28 days
You have not been in contact with another person who is self isolating or identified as a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
You do not have a new continuous cough
You do not have a High Temperature (37.8 degrees centigrade or higher)
You have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days
You are not feeling generally unwell (but do not have Covid-19 symptoms)

If you make the decision to visit then:

You must strictly adhere to the instructions of our staff team (all instructions are for the ultimate reason of protecting the vulnerable adults in our care, staff may also not have the time to explain the reasons behind each decision on an individual basis but will do so if possible)
You must strictly adhere to our hand washing procedures when entering the home
You strictly adhere to our visiting policy

Our current visiting policy is as follows (this will be subject to change in line with day to day chances to national and international guidance):

By appointment only (so that the number of visiting parties to the building can be limited at any one time)
You do not move around the building unaccompanied and use the nursecall system to seek assistance (please be tolerant and patient at these times)
When moving around the building (on entry and exit) you reduce the incidences of touching the building environment to an absolute minimum

We are continuing to support visits from: (again further to adherence of the above guidance)

Healthcare professionals – ON A CRITICAL CARE BASIS
Professional contractors – who are undertaking essential repairs or health and safety works
Maintenance contractors for statutory checks maintenance of essential equipment and urgent works/repairs
We will continue to make suitable arrangements to interview potential new employees subject to the guidance above being followed or via phone/skype
We will endeavour to continue to make arrangements for potential new residents subject to the guidance above being followed and on a case by case basis

Please contact your home should you have specific questions.

Further updates will be published to this page regularly.

We would like to thank you all for your understanding during these unprecedented times.