Important information: Coronavirus update

Coronavirus Update

Posted 15th June 2021

Updated 24th July 2021

“FREEDOM DAY” UPDATE: Despite 19th July being labelled “freedom day” when most of the Covid 19 restrictions affecting the UK have been lifted, there is very little change as far as care homes are concerned. Please see below:

VISITS: Anyone who wishes to visit a care home resident may now do so within the following guidelines. You may come into the home to visit in the resident’s bedroom (max 2 people at a time). This is only possible if each visitor is prepared to take a Covid LFD test which gives a result on site within 30 mins. Full PPE will be provided (gloves, mask, apron) to be worn throughout the visit, even if the Covid test is negative. Please call for details and to book a visit time.

Other people may visit in our screened off training room or in the gardens with social distancing and no need to test. 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.

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.

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 staff have had their second vaccinations as have most of the almshouse residents. We are advised that both staff and residents will be given a booster vaccination in September 2021.

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 have the LFD tests which give a result in 30 minutes which can be used if anyone shows symptoms of the virus. Staff are testing twice a week before they come on duty.

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 take care and maintain social distancing. They are currently not being permitted to come into Yoakley House. They may have visitors in their property but we are urging them to be cautious. Visits in the garden are permitted as long as guests do not interfere with the peace of other residents. 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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