The health, safety and wellbeing of our residents is of the utmost importance to us at Cornwallis Care Services. Because of this, and in light of the current situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have developed detailed plans in areas such as safeguarding, infection control and health & safety.
We will be guided by three core principles:
The safety and wellbeing of ALL members of our community
Following government, CQC, World Health Organisation and NHS guidelines
Care, kindness and empathy
Testing & Visiting Update April 2022
The Government have issued ‘Changes to COVID-19 testing in England’ from 1 April 2022: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/changes-to-covid-19-testing-in-england-from-1-april
Symptomatic testing in high-risk settings, where infection can spread rapidly among people who may be at higher risk of serious illness, remains important to ensure that COVID-19 is detected as quickly as possible. All staff in our Cornwallis Care Homes continue to take a daily Lateral Flow Test prior to coming into work, to minimise the risk of spreading infection and to protect those who live within the Home.
The guidance states that ‘most’ visitors to a care home will no longer require a test, but that tests will continue to be provided to a small number of visitors to care homes and hospices.
As I am sure you are aware, the rise of COVID-19 cases in our locality continues to be high. To maintain our levels of Infection Control and protect, as best we can, all those who live and work within our Homes, Cornwallis Care Services will maintain it’s current Visitor Policy regarding a negative test result being required prior to entry into the Home.
LFT kits will no longer be free for many individuals and supplies will be limited at the Care Homes. However, whilst our Homes are still able to provide tests for visitors, we will continue to do so, but if you are able to help us and take a test at home prior to your visit that would be very much appreciated.
We understand how important family visits are to both our residents and to their families and want to be able to offer visits as frequently as possible, whilst maintaining infection control and minimising risk. Below is an overview of our Visiting Policy as from 1 April 2022:
- Visits continue to be booked in advance.
- Proof of a negative test result must be shown prior to entry.
Test kits will be available at the Home, whilst stocks last, but we ask that, if possible, you take a test at home and bring a record of the result with you to the Home:
- You do not attend a visit if you are feeling unwell, have a temperature or have any other COVID-19 symptoms.
- PPE and hand sanitisation rules must be abided by.
- If a test is refused or unable to be taken, then an ‘alternative’ visit will be offered. This may be one of any of the following:
A window visit
A garden visit
A visit in a segregated indoor space (where possible)
- If the Home has an outbreak (2 or more cases) then visits inside the Home may be canceled at short notice. ‘Alternative’ visits as listed above may be offered where possible.
We hope that you will understand the reasons behind our Policy and thank you in anticipation of your continued support and kindness shown to our teams on the ground, who work tirelessly to provide care and support to your loved one/s.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the above, please contact your Home Manager in the first instance.
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