21st July 2021
Updated visiting guidelines at Gainford Care Homes
I am sure that you are aware following the Government’s announcement England moved to step 4 from Monday 19th July 2021.
As COVID cases are increasing in the community and whilst most of our staff are vaccinated along with our residents, we have made the decision to continue with the visiting arrangements currently in place, which will be reviewed again in the next two weeks.
It is important that we proceed with caution, current guidelines in place make it perfectly clear that visitors need to continue to socially distance as much as possible whilst hand holding and a brief hug is permitted, this does increase risk, so we would ask that you continue to be cautious with your loved ones keeping physical contact to a minimum.
A record of all visitors will continue to be maintained; we would preferably request no more than two visitors at any one time. Residents who make visits outside of the care home do not now need to isolate upon return, however this is subject to a risk assessment, we would ask that they are not taken to crowded spaces and that social distancing is maintained within the community.
Facemasks when visiting and Lateral Flow testing is still required some family members prefer to test at home and provide us with a negative result upon arrival. This is perfectly acceptable however if you are unable to do this we will continue to test on arrival.
We do prefer that wherever possible all visitors to the home are vaccinated, this is not mandatory however would encourage everybody to access vaccination if not already fully vaccinated.
All visits must continue to be booked in advance, there are no changes to visiting outdoors these will continue. I hope this provides clarity on where we are at the moment.
Unfortunately, due to the rising cases this situation needs to be constantly monitored, we will continue to be guided by Public Health England and we will ensure any changes are communicated to you as soon as possible.
Thank you for your continued patience and support if you require anything additional please do not hesitate to contact the Home Manager.