Covid 19 Information
Keeping our homes safe
Covid 19 Information
Keeping Our Homes Safe
Throughout the pandemic, our staff and management teams have worked tirelessly to make sure that our homes are safe, comfortable and happy places to live.
The safety and wellbeing of residents, staff, and visiting friends and family has been a priority throughout the pandemic, and we have a number of measures in place to make our homes as safe as they can be.
Just as we have done since the start of the pandemic, we continue to follow and implement the guidance that comes from Scottish Government, the NHS, and Health Protection Scotland.
Hand hygiene is crucial in stopping the spread of the virus, and each of our homes has had a hand washing station installed at the entrance, for everyone to use as they arrive at the home.
We have a programme of regular testing in place for staff, and encourage all visitors to take lateral flow tests (“rapid testing”) before each visit to the home. This applies to professional as well as family visitors.
Throughout the pandemic we have had a good supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and this continues. Our staff follow all current guidance on infection prevention and control, and the use of PPE.
In addition to our normal cleaning regimes, we have introduced extra cleaning schedules for our housekeeping teams, using products that are effective against coronavirus.
All new residents are tested for Coronavirus before they move into the home, and are cared for in their room for the first two weeks. During this time, staff support them to settle in and feel at home, and make sure that they don’t feel alone.
Each home has a plan in place in case of a suspected case, to limit the risk of the infection spreading inside the home, or to the outside community.
Each home has a visiting protocol and risk assessment, to support safe visiting.
Our management teams work closely with the local Health Protections teams.
The vaccination programme has been well received in all of our homes, with virtually all of our residents and more than three-quarters of our staff being vaccinated. We will continue to support and encourage all residents and staff to be vaccinated.
We know how important contact with family and friends is to the physical and mental wellbeing of our residents, and how hard the past year has been as the pandemic has meant being apart for long periods of time.
Throughout the pandemic, essential visits as residents have approached the end of life have been maintained, and this continues to be the case. Where government guidance has allowed, wellbeing visits have also been made available, where residents or families have had specific needs for additional visiting arrangements.
In line with Scottish Government guidance, all of our homes opened again to indoor visiting early in March. Initially offering two visits a week for designated visitors, all of our homes are gradually trying to increase the number of visits, and the length of time for each visit, as they are able.
You will appreciate the practical difficulties that come with managing more than 120 appointments each week, when each visit needs staff to help with lateral flow testing, to supervise hand washing and donning of masks, and to escort the visitor to and from the resident’s room. However, the homes will continue to try to create more opportunities for visits, as they are able and the guidance allows, including garden visits as the weather improves.
Currently, visits need to be booked, and the staff in each home will be able to advise you how to do this.
To keep residents, staff and visitors safe, we encourage all visitors to take a lateral flow test before each visit.
Staying in Touch and Staying Busy
Where visiting is more limited than in normal times, our staff teams have recognised how important it is to stay in touch in other ways. All of our homes have been provided with extra digital equipment to enable the staff to help residents stay in touch through video calls.
Our enthusiastic activity coordinators have found new ways to keep residents active during the pandemic whilst following social distancing guidelines. From garden entertainment to individual craft-making in small groups or one-to-one, our activity schedule may look a little different, but it is still focused around person-centred care to keep residents’ lives interesting and fun.
Despite all of the challenges a pandemic presents, we are still happy to welcome new residents to our homes, and this can be managed safely. Please contact the manager of the home with any enquiries, or to arrange a ‘virtual’ tour of the home.
When someone makes the decision to move into the home, safe visiting can begin on their first day. Following discussion with the manager, a designated visitor (following our safe visiting protocol), can accompany the new resident, to help them to settle in to their new home.