Important information: Coronavirus update

Coronavirus Update

Posted 31st October 2020

Updated 11th November 2020

Following the government’s lockdown announcement, visits to Yoakley House Care Home are not currently permitted. Although the government has allowed visits, they must be within strict guidelines and at present we are working on how to ensure we can meet these and provide safe visiting. As soon as we are able to allow visits again, we will contact the next of kin for each resident.

CHRISTMAS: We are already taking bookings for visits on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. These will take place only if government guidelines at the time allow. Please may we ask that visits are restricted to one per family over those two days. Demand means that bookings have been curtailed to 30 minutes to ensure that everyone has one opportunity to visit and that we have time to clean the area between visits.

TESTING: Routine Covid 19 testing – weekly for staff and monthly for care home residents – is now being undertaken with swabs being taken by our own staff. Today (11th Nov) all remain negative and we are very grateful to all our staff for their diligence in keeping themselves safe.

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

Our staff are trained and well practiced in infection control and we will continue to provide the best possible care to all our residents.

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 and request testing. 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 but may have 1 visitor in the gardens or inside their property if they are in a bubble. We are doing all we can to help almshouse residents with no local family to get all the supplies they need and are supporting them with regular warden visits, shopping online and medication deliveries.

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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