Coronavirus Care Home and Village Visitor Guidance
4 January 2022
Dear Family & Friends
Our first priority continues to be keeping people living with us and working here safe and this means reducing the risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission.
We have worked incredibly hard to ensure Covid-19 remains out of our care homes. We are continuingly reviewing our visiting policy based on government guidance which has been changing depending on the current situation.
We also seek advice from the local authority and public health in relation to safe visits. We understand that the continuing restrictions have been very difficult for many residents and families over the past months and that visits are very important. Families and friends have been incredibly supportive of our home during this very difficult time and we would like to thank you very much for this.
Use of telephone or video link remains the safest option to stay in touch. However, for some people a face-to-face visit is very important for their mental health. We have to balance the effect of not having a visitor against the risk of harm to residents, staff and visitors.
Each person will have their own visiting plan 'My Visiting Plan'. We will be risk assessing each person living with us in consultation with their loved ones. The individualised plan will be written after discussion with the individual, the Manager, staff and relevant family members. This will take into account their own views, their health issues and the risks should they develop Covid- 19, their level of understanding, of the need for social distancing and use of personal protective equipment. It may be, that when considering all of the risks it is decided that the risks are too high at this moment in time for an individual to receive face-to-face visitors.
We have recently updated our visiting pods to allow face-to-face visits to take place indoors. This involves a small area with a Perspex screen to allow safe indoor visits. Three nominated family members are now able to have in-home visits.
Where in-home face to face visits do go ahead, strict procedures will be followed including PPE and social distancing. For the time being, this is limited to three named constant visitors per resident. This is in order to limit the overall number of visitors to the care home and the consequent risk of infection. This may mean a difficult decision for families as to who will be the visitor. In exceptional circumstances the Manager will consider more visitors from the person’s group of family/friends. However, please bear in mind when discussing this as a family, that more visitors mean higher potential risk to your loved one.
Testing is one of the best means of keeping everyone as safe as possible and any visitor will be requested to take a Lateral Flow test or show proof of a negative result for the day of visit.
In the event of an outbreak in our care home or an outbreak in the community leading to local lockdown, we will rapidly impose our policy of no face-to-face visitors until the risk is again reduced.
Please read our revised visiting policy and procedure which is available from the Home and do not hesitate to phone and speak with the Manager/senior staff should you have any questions.
Thank you for your continued support, it is very much appreciated.
Chief Executive Officer
Augustinian Care, The Lodge Admin Centre St Georges Park, Ditchling Common,
Ditchling, Sussex, RH15 0US
Tel: 01444 259725 www.anh.org.uk