The government has indicated we are now past the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the rate of transmission remaining consistently below the threshold of one and other positive indicators such as falling new rates of infection and hospital admittance. As such, the current guidance to the general population has been amended from “stay at home” to “stay alert”. However, the guidance for the care sector remains the same and pending the outcome of any review from public advisory bodies (such as Public Health England), our homes must remain closed to all but essential visitors. The residents of our homes are extremely vulnerable and we have to continue to mitigate the risk of them catching COVID-19. We are ever mindful of the potential impact on the mental and spiritual well-being of our residents and families as a result, but first and foremost we must continue to look after the physical well-being of every resident at this time.
During the period of closure, we have been greatly uplifted by the messages of support for our residents through letters, cards and video calls, and we urge you to continue to support our residents in this way - they need you more than ever before! We do, however, respectfully ask you to continue to refrain from coming to our homes at this stage – even for garden and “though the window” visits. Our residents are encouraged to make as much use of the gardens and grounds as possible at this present time so any visits no matter how well intentioned might put them at risk. We are very appreciative of the tireless work of our staff in supporting our residents and creating lively, stimulating environments within our homes at this time, despite the lack of visitors coming through our doors.
We will keep visitor restrictions under constant review and will ease them as soon as we are able to in line with changes in Government and professional guidance. In the meantime, thank you for your support and understanding.