The safety and the wellbeing of our residents and staff is always our highest priority at The Angela Grace. Since the start of the pandemic, we have been doing everything we can to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus in the Home. We continue to follow government guidance and have strict infection control measures in place to safeguard our residents and staff in order to deliver the best possible care, in a safe environment.
Throughout the pandemic, staff have undertaken a number of additional COVID-19 training including introducing extensive training around doffing and donning Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
We are closely monitoring guidance on lockdown restrictions and we appreciate how difficult this prolonged period of separation may be for some of you but the care and safety of our residents and staff continues to be our top priority.
Visiting & keeping in touch with loved ones:
In line with government guidance, indoor visits have been suspended, except for in exceptional circumstances or where the resident is on an end-of-life pathway. The national guidance is on the gov.uk website. It states:
Visits to care homes can take place with arrangements such as substantial screens, visiting pods, or behind windows. Close-contact indoor visits are not allowed. No visits will be permitted in the event of an outbreak.
However, we are offering window visits, telephone and Skype calls, so you can stay in touch with your loved ones. If you don’t have Skype, there is another way we can video call you. All you need is an email address along with either a tablet, mobile phone or computer, and access to the internet.
In accordance with the latest government announcement, from March 8th residents will be allowed one named regular indoor visitor, following a negative rapid test result and will be required to follow all infection control measures. This is available for care homes out of an outbreak. We are looking forward to receiving more details from the Government in due course.
After months of restrictions, the vaccination rollout signals a light at the of the tunnel and we are pleased to say that all residents who wished to be vaccinated have received their first dose of the Oxford AstraZenaca vaccination.
Testing and rapid testing (PCR and Lateral flow testing):
The aim of the tests is to minimise the risk of infection from spreading. Residents continue to be PCR tested every 28 days and staff once a week. The introduction of the lateral flow testing sees staff being tested twice a week on top of the regular PCR test.
We apologise but all our activity providers from outside have been suspended. Our wellbeing & activities team has worked hard during the pandemic, and continue to come up with creative ways to stimulate residents on a daily basis to keep their spirits up.
We appreciate how hard and devastating this is for everyone, but we are obliged to follow government guidance in order to keep everyone safe. We continue to review our response to COVID-19 on a regular basis to ensure that we are always following the latest government and scientific advice. As the Government revises lockdown restrictions, we will assess the impact that each of the changes may have on residents and staff to make sure that we always prioritise their health and safety.
For further information please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus