Important information: Coronavirus update

Coronavirus Update

Posted 20th June 2020

Updated 23rd June 2020

We are currently CLOSED TO ALL VISITORS. This is not a decision we have taken lightly but we need to protect our residents and staff. Gifts can safely be left at the back door. We will of course contact the named next of kin should a resident be unwell.

Following testing on 2nd – 4th June 2020 all residents and staff in the care home were found to be Covid19 free. We are most grateful to our staff for the dedication in ensuring this remains a safe place to be.

We are following government guidelines on the relaxation of lockdown. From 1st July relatives and friends can book to visit a resident of Yoakley House at a specific date and time – 2 people at a time. The visit will take place with social distancing of a minimum of 2 metres – outside if warm enough or in the charity’s training room.

For residents in Yoakley House we now have a facility Facebook Portal for you to stay in touch with your relative by visual media on Facebook Messenger of WhatsApp. Please call 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.

Almshouse residents are being encouraged to continue to self isolate and we are doing all we can to help those with no local family to get all the supplies they need. They are currently not being permitted to come in to Yoakley House but we are supporting them with a daily warden telephone call, shopping online and medication deliveries. They have our gorgeous gardens to enjoy – keeping their distance from each other.

The League of Friends have decided for the time being to cancel public events, especially where they would have involved people coming on site, including the lunch at St Augustine’s planned for 14th May and the Summer Fair planned for 3rd June.

Back to news