Springcare Covid-19 update – October 2020

As we enter the autumn months, it is important we update you on visiting arrangements for our care homes.

We have tried wherever possible to facilitate outdoor visits over the past couple of months in our gazebo’s for relatives to see their loved ones, but this has been dependent on whether the home has remained open and outbreak free.

Covid 19 remains an active virus and we are sure some of you will be affected with local lockdowns happening almost daily.

Therefore, we remain reliant on the Director of Public Health for each local authority we operate within for direction/guidance on visiting to care homes.

All of our Homes are now closed to visiting from the 4th October 2020 unless there are exceptional circumstances such as end of life care, a medical/clinical need for a visiting professional or an exceptional personal situation such as a close family bereavement where it is not appropriate to make contact virtually.

Just to confirm that our homes continue with the whole care home testing programme for all residents every 28 days and staff every 7 days. We remain in close contact with the local health protection teams and PHE should any resident or staff test positive. If your loved one is affected in any way we will notify you immediately. We are advised not to retest any resident or staff who has a positive test for the following 90 days.

We continue to take staff temperatures before they commence their shift and we take resident temperatures and other clinical observations twice a day.

We continue to work as safely as possible to minimise the likelihood of the virus returning to our homes. We all have a part to play and to remain vigilant. We continue to explore ways of keeping you in touch with your relative but we hope you understand we have to follow direction from the local authority to balance safety at this time.