Happy Autumn everyone,
Just a little update on some of the things affecting our homes over the next few months.
Our number one priority remains the safety and wellbeing of everyone living and working in our care homes.
As the government encourages the wider population to get their vaccines, for CQC registered homes, it will become a legal requirement from 11th November 2021 for all our staff, professional visitors, hairdressers, contractors, entertainers to evidence that they have received both covid vaccines before they can come into our homes. This can be via NHS app or Covid Pass. All new employees must be double vaccinated at the point of interview so we know they can safely work in our homes. Our HR and recruitment policies have been updated to reflect the changes.
We know that vaccines hopefully remain the key to reducing severe symptoms should our residents/ staff contract covid, which from the national and local figures illustrate remains active within all communities.
We do have some staff who are medically exempt from having the vaccine who will continue to work in our homes.
Emergency services are also permitted into the homes to carry out response to events without proof of vaccination status.
Visitors and families at present remain the only group of people who do not need to be double vaccinated but we hope that you would want to protect your loved ones from accidental transmission and take up the vaccination when it is offered to you.
We are legally required to report daily the number of staff and residents who have been double vaccinated for covid, the number of residents and staff who have received the covid booster and also the seasonal influenza vaccine.
All PPE measures will remain in place for the foreseeable future.
I am sure you are also noticing a shortage of supplies in the shops and supermarkets for food and other day to day items. Our experience is no different and we are constantly reviewing our supply chain to make sure we have sufficient food items, cleaning equipment and other equipment to manage from week to week. Occasionally we do have to amend our menu’s but we all our homes have an emergency stock of food should national supplies run low.
Our homes are looking forward to planning for Christmas activities and continuing to reconnect our residents with their loved ones. Our latest visiting policy is available on our website.
Once again thank you for all your ongoing support.
Springcare Operations Team