Hoping that this email is finding you all well. 

Firstly, can I thank every one of you for your patience regarding visiting arrangements, this has been much appreciated.

We felt it prudent to wait until a clear guideline had been issued with regard to the consequences of the new variant on the vaccines and boosters. Great news it does look like the vaccines are working and more so the boosters.

Please be aware it doesn’t stop anyone from contracting the new variant, it will just reduce the risk of escalated care needs. 

With Christmas fast approaching we are aware you are all waiting patiently for the next plan.

 Let’s be honest no one knows what is best at present, however, we still need to have visitors and must ensure that masks are worn at ALL times during internal home visits.

All staff have to undertake an LFT prior to commencing their shift as well as 1 PCR test per week, which is above the guidance and identifies the sacrifices the staff are making in order to keep both themselves and the residents safe.

We will be adopting the current guidance of 3 named visitors to the home unless there is an exceptional circumstance or visits required due to end-of-life care.

Please could you all provide the names of the allocated named visitors so that we can update our records? Could you also please advise if the named visitors have received their vaccinations and boosters, this will enable a risk assessment to be completed.

There will be a Covid Nominated Visitors Impact Risk Assessment to be completed with every visit within the home to ensure that we have relevant information.

We are aware that during the Christmas period families are keen to be spending it with their loved ones, and we will be facilitating both door and conservatory visits but please be aware that they are booking up rapidly. 

I have had requests from families wishing to have their loved ones at their homes for Christmas, this is an option. However, we will require complete honesty and transparency in relation to who they will be in contact with.

An LFT test will be required 3 days leading up to the visit away from the home.

The resident will then be required to undertake a PCR test following the visit of an LFT for a few days after to ensure they have not been in contact with the virus and put everyone in the home at risk. 

Could you all please advise in advance of any plans where residents may leave the home so that we are able to facilitate the visit safely?

All of the aforementioned is subject to the home not having an outbreak at the time of the proposed visits.

All residents have had a PCR test taken this morning and the results will be back with us to hopefully ensure that visits can commence on Monday 20th December.

I hope that this will be met with everyone’s satisfaction any concerns please feel free to contact myself or Vince.