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Just keeping in touch

Dear Friends,

This is only a short message, but we are aware that we haven't been in touch for a while. We promise we have not forgotten you all.

We have been very pleased to see our local infection rate falling significantly over the last few weeks, and it looks hopeful that it will continue to do so over the coming weeks as the vaccination program proceeds. Sadly there are still a significant number of Covid positive patients in QA hospital, and we hope these numbers too will soon start to decline. We are extremely glad to have come through the worst period of this second wave of infection without any further cases in the Home.

In the meantime we are doing our best to keep life at the home as fun for everyone as we can, and although we can only get together in smaller groups we have held events to mark Burns Night, Chinese New Year and Valentines Day. 

Like everybody, we are looking forward to the government update on Monday when we hope to find out more about the plans for easing restrictions. If there are changes to care home guidance, we will do our best to review these and let you know how we can adopt them as soon as we can, but please bear in mind that neither we, nor the team from our local authority/CCG who support us, will be given any advance notice of any announcements made, so it may take us a few days to get to grips with everything. 

We hope you are all keeping well and that some of you have been able to be vaccinated yourselves.

Wish best wishes to you all,
From all of us at the Home of Comfort.

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Links if you would like to read further:

JCVI Priority Groups Vaccination guidance
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-2-december-2020

New Scientist explainer on vaccines (which includes a neat little video on vaccines in general)
https://www.newscientist.com/term/how-do-vaccines-work/

National Winter Plan for Adult Social Care
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/adult-social-care-coronavirus-covid-19-winter-plan-2020-to-2021/adult-social-care-our-covid-19-winter-plan-2020-to-2021

Care Home Visiting Guidance
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visiting-care-homes-during-coronavirus/update-on-policies-for-visiting-arrangements-in-care-homes

Home of Comfort’s Current Visiting Policy
http://www.homeofcomfort.org.uk/Doc043_Policy_on_Visitors.pdf

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http://www.homeofcomfort.org.uk/ComfortContact.html

And our past newsletters are here
https://us19.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=da695e314a9372030956baedf&id=339c3e4c13

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