Following the announcement of a new national lockdown made last night by the Prime Minister, we have decided to temporarily stop routine visits at the Home for a period of 2 weeks.
This is a decision which has been very difficult for us, but we are seeing for ourselves the consequences of the high local infection rates both from our colleagues in the CCG and at the hospital, and from the number of staff members who need to isolate because of potential contact with an infected person.
Until we have new guidance from our local authorities, we think it is best to take a very cautious approach, which we very much hope will only be for a short period. Having come this far, we don't want to take any chances to disrupt the vaccination plans or which might put the residents at risk.
Palliative visits will continue, supported by additional testing. If the nurse team have any concerns about any resident they will be in touch to discuss these.
We are hopeful that within a couple of weeks we will start to see the infection rate stabilizing, and that care homes will be given guidance about how the vaccinations given to our residents and staff (and hopefully some of our regular visitors) can be taken into account when assessing risk.
We will be arranging extra video calls and Deepa and the nurses would be happy to talk to you if there is anything at all on your mind.
Deepa and Robin, Home of Comfort.
Links if you would like to read further:
Care Home Visiting Guidance
Home of Comfort’s Current Visiting Policy
Information about the approval of the Pfizer Covid19 vaccine for use in the UK
JCVI Priority Groups Vaccination guidance
New Scientist explainer on vaccines (which includes a neat little video on vaccines in general)
National Winter Plan for Adult Social Care
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