We were recently warned by the Department of Health and Social Care, like all care homes, that there are a rising number of Covid-19 cases across the country. No one wants a repeat of the heart-breaking situation that saw coronavirus sweep through multiple care homes.
At Eastleigh, we have taken Covid-19 immensely seriously from the beginning and have ensured that our residents are kept as safe and protected from the virus as possible. We fully understand the vulnerability our residents face, and as such ensure that we will continue to be ‘Covid-secure’ throughout the winter and the probable second wave.
Stuart Miller is the director of adult social care delivery for the Department of Health. He has written to all care homes to urge them to prepare for a second wave. The Department of Health has been undertaking satellite testing in care homes and has found that Covid-19 cases are rising in care homes across the nation.
However, it should be noted that, at the moment, these cases are mostly affecting staff and not residents. At Eastleigh we stringently screen staff on a routine and regular basis to minimise the risk that they may inadvertently bring the virus inside our homes. In addition, all staff wear and are trained in the effective use of PPE. We always make sure we have adequate stocks and that our staff are fully knowledgeable on its safe use.
The Department of Health has also warned that the winter flu season is soon to start. This is always a challenging time for those caring for the elderly. Once again, it is vital that we continue to follow our infection control processes which will inhibit the transmission of any virus.
At Eastleigh, our staff have a genuine care and relationship with their residents. It’s hugely important to us that we keep our residents safe and well, but also happy and content, without the fear that the pandemic can expose them to.
You can read more about our approach to Covid-19, and even download a full copy of our risk assessment, on our coronavirus page. Hopefully this will help you feel reassured that our residents are being as protected as possible whilst continuing to enjoy and benefit from safe social interaction and engaging activities.
A taster of what we are doing to keep residents safe includes:
A sample of what we are doing to keep residents happy and engaged includes:
We understand that it is a worrying time for families as we potentially face a second wave. However, please feel reassured that your loved ones are our top priority and we are not only prepared for a second wave, but we are also prepared for meeting the social, cognitive and wellbeing needs of your loved one. If you have any concerns at all, please call the home manager.