Our admission procedures during this time have been revised to ensure that we keep our existing residents safe.
We have adopted the highest and most stringent standards of infection control practices.
All staff have their temperature taken and recorded 3 times a day
All residents have their temperature taken twice daily.
All new admissions will be required to isolate and remain in their bedrooms for a period 14 days.
Our staff are fully trained in Barrier Nursing to contain any actual infection risk to a certain area or bedroom.
Should there be any number confirmed cases of Covid amongst the residents then we be moving them to a specific isolation unit created within the home.
We have had a sufficient supply of PPE from the very outset. In order to provide our staff with the best possible protection to stop the spread of the virus we arranged for shipments to be brought in very early on and before the struggle for the limited stock available in this country became a huge challenge.
We provide the following for our staff:
At most times we have managed to maintain a safe and effective level of staffing throughout the outbreak period. This was achieved, as it is normally, by the team coming together and putting in those extra hours.
This teamwork also helped to avoid the use of any agency staff.
In addition to our regular training programme for our staff which includes Infection Control, every single member of our team has undergone specific training on Covid 19 which covers the following:
As soon as the Covid Testing Portal for care homes went live we began accessing it; testing both residents and staff.
We continue to follow a programme of periodic testing with the aim of proactively managing any potential outbreaks.
With the restrictions in place on face to face visits from health professionals, GPs and other clinicians are carrying out assessments virtually over video calls.
Other non-essential in person health visits are still not allowed.
It is so sad to see our residents being kept apart from those who are important to them.
Aspen Place took the very early decision to close its doors to anyone but staff and anything but pure essentials. This was to protect everyone from the virus.
When we are able, we will offer visits to families and friends, though this will depend on guidance and legislation in place at the time, as well as the status of our residents and staff. This can change relatively quickly, but we will endeavour to keep everyone updated by email.
Unfortunately, until we are in a position that we can be totally safe and from no risk of this virus spreading to any of our residents we cannot allow any physical contact.
We are consciously trying to limit the number of items being brought into the home.
Boxes and packaging holding essential products such as food and medication is carefully disinfected before being put into our storage.
We cannot accept gifts at the moment and would prefer that cards, letters and photos are sent to us electronically so that we can print these off in house.
We cannot put our residents in a position that they are exposed to others in the public.
So, time spent out in the fresh air is limited to our garden space only for the time being.
We have a separate End of Life Visiting protocol which is under the Registered Manager’s discretion.
Currently we can allow one member of the family a 15-minute bedside visit which will have certain safety conditions imposed.