Welcome to our Family & Friends
Dear Family & Friends
We are pleased to update you regarding visiting at our Homes.
Radbrook Nursing Home has now re-opened following a period of 28 days closure due to a Covid-19 outbreak and we have enjoyed welcoming you back to meet with your loved ones. Corbrook Park, Isle Court, Oldbury Grange, Radbrook and Stretton Hall are all able to accommodate indoor visits.
Unfortunately despite the high levels of vaccinations that we have achieved for both staff and residents we have had a couple of people testing positive on our screening programme at Morris Care Centre which has now closed to all visitors for 28 days in line with Public Health England’s guidance. We are really disappointed about this as we really do want to welcome as many of you back as soon as we can, we will update you further as and when this positions changes.
You will know doubt of heard that the government has agreed to allow up to 2 visitors to visit their family and friends in care homes along with any grandchildren, we can’t wait to see you all and would ask that you all continue to contact the Home directly to book your appointments. We will of course continue with requests for you to wear appropriate PPE and undertake testing as you arrive.
New guidance which comes into effect from the 12th April which states: Every care home resident can nominate up to 2 named visitors who will be able to enter the care home for regular visits (and will be able to visit together or separately as preferred).
These visitors should be tested using rapid lateral flow tests before every visit, must wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and follow all other infection control measures (which the care home will guide them on) during visits. Visitors and residents are advised to keep physical contact to a minimum. Visitors and residents may wish to hold hands, but should bear in mind that any physical contact increases the risk of transmission. For this reason there should not be close physical contact such as hugging.
Residents with the highest care needs will also be able to nominate an essential caregiver, essential care givers are determined in line with the below guidance:
Some residents may have a carer or support need that cannot easily be provided by care home staff, or not without causing distress. This might be help with washing and dressing where the resident becomes distressed unless it is done by a loved one. Other examples could be where the resident is refusing to eat unless they do so with a loved one present. Or where a family member or friend can calm down challenging behaviour more easily than care home staff.
To read the full guidance, click here. We continue to provide indoor POD visits for other family and friends and the access to outdoor visits remains also in homes that are open.
Many of our residents are receiving their 2nd vaccine as we write this and with a large number of adults in the UK also receiving vaccinations we are really hopeful that as we come out of lockdown, further relaxation on visits will be announced by the government. We will continue to keep you updated on any changes as they happen.