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Update - 19th December 2021 - Visitors
Please note that from Wednesday 15th December, restrictions on care home visitors were reintroduced by the government to protect residents and staff from the new Covid variant, Omicron.
Our Home Manager, Patricia Ball along with her home management team are in the best position to determine where and how visits are booked and take place so they can be sure they are safely managed. Every decision made by the home will be to keep your loved ones, our colleagues and visitors safe and the updated visiting policy based on the new guidance being implemented at BCVS Homes is now as follows:
- Residents can nominate up to three nominated visitors plus their essential care giver who will be able to make regular visits, please contact Greystones if you need to advise them of the named nominated individuals so that they can ensure their records are up to date.
- Staff and essential care giver testing arrangements have changed. The testing arrangements are a weekly PCR test, a minimum of three lateral flow tests a week: one on the same day as a PCR test; a second test two to three days later; and a third two to three days after. A test should also always be carried out on the day of visiting by an essential care giver in line with any visitor to the home. More testing may be needed, such as during outbreaks and will be in line with care home staff and you will be advised of any changes.
- Fully vaccinated residents visiting family and friends outside the care home will be asked to take a lateral flow test on alternate days for two weeks after each outing, while those not vaccinated will have to isolate following an outside visit.
We know that regular visits are hugely beneficial to the wellbeing, mental health and quality of life of our residents. We will continue to consider risk assessments and guidance alongside residents’ rights and wishes whilst also continuing to limit mixing between visitors as the most effective ways to protect them. Greystones will continue to limit the amount of visitors that come in and how often due the amount of space and layout of the building and all visits will continue to be pre-booked as this will help you to get the most out of your visits, by ensuring that we have the required staff and support in place to sufficiently conduct testing and adhere to PPE and infection control guidelines.
If any residents have any specific vulnerabilities or essential needs relating to visiting arrangements, the home management will initiate an approach to contact friends and families about the opportunity of an essential care giver role so that an individual risk assessment can be set with the involvement of both residents and friends and families. Should you have any questions about the essential care giver role, please contact Patricia Ball directly on 01225 317972 or Greystones@bcvshomes.co.uk.
Visiting Policy - Lateral Flow Device testing
A Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test must continue to be carried out prior to your visit to Greystones, as this is the fast and easy way to test those who do not have symptoms of COVID-19, but who may still be spreading the virus. If you would like to obtain a test from us to take home in preparation for your next visit, please let the duty manager know and a test can be provided.
If you are being tested for coronavirus at Greystones before your visit, we kindly ask that you arrive 30 minutes before your pre-booked visit to ensure that we have enough time to accommodate the testing process and if you self-test before arrival at Greystones, please be prepared to show evidence of a negative test on arrival.
If you have any questions on how the latest guidance is being implemented at Greystones, please do not hesitate to get in touch on 01225 317972 or Greystones@bcvshomes.co.uk.
The festivities are already in full swing at Greystones and may we take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Visiting Update 22nd October 2021
The Government have announced that from 4th May, residents will be able to leave their care homes to visit a friend or family member’s garden, or go on walks in places such as parks, public gardens and beaches and not have to self-isolate when they return. Please feel free to contact our Home Managers directly should you wish to discuss this change in the guidelines further.
To view previous visiting updates, please click on the COVID19 tab option at the top of our website. All visits should continue to be booked through the Home.
Staff Testing & Vaccinations
All of our care home staff ar Greystones will undergo three tests per week; 1 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test and 2 Lateral Flow Tests (LFT). The staff members will be swabbed, prior to coming in to work, to rule out any risk of spreading COVID19. All of our staff have been double vaccinated and will be receiving the booster vaccination.
Relative visits to our homes
We firmly believe that maintaining family and social connections is fundamental to the health and well-being of our residents. We are absolutely committed to ensuring residents in our homes are able to enjoy visits from their family and friends wherever possible while complying lockdown restrictions.
Where visiting is not possible, we will do our upmost to keep residents in touch with families using a wide range of tools. This includes using new tablets for Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp and phone calls.
Please feel free to contact the Registered Home Managers if you would like to obtain home specific information as they will be happy to update you.
Please click on the COVID-19 menu header to read previous updates.
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BCVS Homes has been established for over 65 years providing care for the elderly on a "Not for Profit" basis. Profits are ploughed back into the company for the benefit of the residents. We believe in giving value for money. We will not compromise on the quality of your care or standard of your accommodation.
Our philosophy is that care should be of the highest standards, but unobtrusive, our main concern is quality of life.
Our objective is to look after our residents in a caring and sympathetic way; to ensure privacy and dignity is respected and to encourage active independence for as long as possible.
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