Dear Family or Friend
This is our May edition and sixteenth update for relatives of everyone here at Baily House and Woodleigh Christian Care Home to keep you up to date on recent developments regarding the Corona virus pandemic.
We are aiming to be a 100% vaccinated home so residents, staff and visitors can keep the whole family safe.
This month there has been one change to the general visiting guidance from the government and our arrangement are set out in the attached document. The latest COVID information is also available on our web site under the “COVID” tab or link from the home page.
Changes to guidance 4th May
From Tuesday 4 May, residents will be able to leave their care homes to visit a friend or family member’s garden, or go on walks in places such as parks, public gardens and beaches. They may not have to self-isolate when they return.
Residents will be able to visit their family’s garden or take a walk with a care worker or named visitor. All care home residents will be able to participate in more out-of-home visits without having to isolate on their return, the government has announced.
Residents must be accompanied by either a care worker, or nominated visitor, and follow the government guidelines of washing hands regularly, keeping social distance, and remaining outside, in line with step 2 of the roadmap.
Before planning any visits, we would ask that you consult with the home manager to all necessary precautions can be put in place.
Self-test Lateral Flow Test (LFT) kits
The government has announced that, in the coming weeks, packs of seven LFT kits are to be made available for relatives to test at home prior to visiting.
- On site testing will still be available at the homes if you do not wish to use these tests kits.
- Prior to issuing these kits we will need to demonstrate the testing procedure and you will need to demonstrate that you can complete the test correctly. We are required to keep a record of this training.
- You will need to bring the test unit with you and show to reception that the result is negative before entering the building.
- We will continue to randomly conduct our own tests on visitors to ensure the remote testing is working correctly.
- All other arrangements remain unchanged.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank each one of you, for your continued support and well wishes throughout these most difficult of times.
If you have any concerns or queries please do not hesitate to contact the home, or the Home Manager.
We have sent this letter to the person we have as the main contact. Please feel free to pass this on to other members of your family. This information is also on our website.
Sarah Milnes RGN