10th September 2020 - CHANGES TO VISITING POLICY
Unfortunately, due to the significant increase in confirmed cases in coronavirus in the North East and as a result of our assessment and communication with the Director of Public Health it has been necessary for us to make changes to our visitors policy, and a decision has been made to suspend visiting in care homes throughout the North East by all Local Authorities until further notice. This decision has not been made lightly; we do understand the importance of visiting your loved ones however I am sure you will appreciate the need to keep your relatives as safe as possible. The situation is being reviewed regularly and we will contact you again as soon as our advice changes. This is one of a number of measures being taken to try and stop the virus entering our homes, and we hope that everyone will take the necessary actions to reduce the risk of any future lockdown. Video calling, telephone calls etc will continue to assist you to keep in touch, we are hoping that this will be a very short interim measure. As you are aware this is an ever-changing situation, all government guidance and advice will continue to be monitored, please be assured that our approach continues and remains in accordance with the latest recommendations. Data locally is being monitored and once we are assured that the situation is safe enough visiting will restart as soon as possible. Once again, many thanks for your continued support to our residents and staff and we will ensure to communicate any further changes in a timely manner. -
20th July 2020
Given the coverage on National news you may be aware guidance has been published by GOV.UK regarding visiting arrangements in Care Homes.
In line with the guidance our priority must remain, preventing infections in care homes and this means that visiting policy should still be restricted with alternatives sought wherever possible.
Care homes can now develop a policy for limited visits, following the advice set out in the guidance, however it will involve input from each Local Authority and Local Public Health Teams which has not yet been communicated.
In considering the new guidance Gainfords Visiting Policy, Contingency plan, and Risk Assessments are under review however until safe systems are fully in place visiting arrangements will remain as they are at present.
We realise how difficult it has been for residents and relatives to have had these restrictions in place for what seems a long period of time and wish to thank you for your patience and continued support.
Since the 1st July 20 where possible homes have facilitated visiting to our homes in outdoor spaces, and this will continue however this is subject to strict conditions and the manager or director’s do have the right to withdraw permission at any time without notice, should they feel this to be in the interests of residents, and staff.
As previously communicated any request to visit where there are exceptional circumstances will be considered by the Home Manager. Unfortunately this is an ever-changing situation, all government guidance and advice will continue to be monitored, and we are hopeful that limited visiting inside our Care Homes will be introduced over the next few weeks, when it is considered safe to all concerned.
Once again, many thanks for your continued support to our residents and staff, we will continue to communicate any further changes in a timely manner.