Important information: Coronavirus update

Coronavirus Update

Posted 24th February 2021

Updated 8th April 2021

AWESOME STAFF: We are so grateful to our incredible staff who have worked tirelessly since March 2020 and who continue to provide excellent care and service. They face new challenges and are often asked to adapt the way they do things on a daily basis, as well as caring for their own loved ones at home. A few have had to battle the virus themselves. We are so proud of them. Thanks for your continuing prayers.

VACCINATIONS: Care home residents and 95% staff will have all had their second vaccinations by the end of April 2021. Most in the almshouses have also been vaccinated at least once.

VISITS: It is gradually becoming possible for more family and friends to visit the care home. Two nominated persons per relative may now come into the home to visit in the resident’s bedroom. This is only possible if each visitor is prepared to take a Covid test which give a 30 minute result on site. Full PPE will be provided to be worn throughout the visit, even if the Covid test is negative. Please call for details. Other people may visit in our screened off training room or in the gardens with social distancing. Please read the full guidelines are here. The Portal is available for booked video calls (see below). Please call 01843 223652 to make an appointment for any type of visit.

TESTING: Covid 19 testing with the PCR test kits – weekly for staff and monthly for care home residents – is continuing with swabs being taken by our own staff. In addition to this we now have the LFD tests which give a result in 30 minutes. Staff are testing twice a week before they come on duty.

VIRTUAL VISITS BY FACEBOOK PORTAL: For residents in Yoakley House we have a Facebook Portal for friends and family to stay in touch by visual media on Facebook Messenger of WhatsApp. Please call 01843 223652 for details.

Any resident who has symptoms which might indicate the virus will be cared for in isolation in their own room with staff adhering to our stringent infection control procedures. If symptoms progress and cause concern, staff will follow the prescribed process to access medical support. Designated Next of Kin will be kept informed as necessary.

DRAPERS ALMSHOUSE RESIDENTS are being encouraged to continue to self isolate as much as possible. They are currently not being permitted to come into Yoakley House. They may only allow 1 person from their “bubble” into the cottage and that person should wear a mask. Outdoor visits in the gardens are permitted with limited numbers and social distancing. As always we will do our best to keep all residents safe and well and make sure that they have all that they need.

The League of Friends have decided for the time being to cancel public events, especially where they would have involved people coming on site.

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