In line with recent guidance from the government, we are excited to confirm that visiting has restarted at our care homes. This is having to be done in a Covid-safe manner and has to follow the guidance regarding designated visitors, which includes the quick testing of visitors, the requirement to wear PPE and any local consultation with councils and/or PHE that is required, but it is a step in the right direction. We are hoping, with the continued roll out of the vaccination programme and reduction in the “R” rate, normal visiting will soon be on the cards and available to our lovely residents and their loved ones.
WORKERS at a Swindon care home spoke of their relief after nearly 50 residents received their first doses of Covid-19 vaccine.
The jab was given to people living at Orchid Care Home on Guernsey Lane, Haydon.
June Freeman, 91, is already looking forward to one day visiting her disabled son, who is in another care home in Swindon.
After having her jab she told the Adver: “I can now see that come the summer that maybe I will see him.”
June, who has not been able to do her own shopping since last March, added: “I’d like to get on my buggy, do a bit of shopping and go to St John’s Church.”
She said the vaccine was painless and she was feeling fine. “It was quite alright. The nurse pulled my shirt up and it was done.”
The home has 50 residents, of whom 49 have agreed to receive the Oxford vaccine.
Manager Dawn Drew said: “Our staff have vaccinated before, so we are now in a really good position now in terms of continuing our battle with Covid.
“It’s hopefully going to make life a little bit easier for us and of course we’ve got the security that our residents have received their first dose which will undoubtedly offer them some protection as well, which was our prime concern to be honest, so I am absolutely delighted.”
Orchid has been praised for its efforts in preventing Covid infection in a Care Quality Commission’s report.
The doses were administered from the Home Ground practice.
Dawn added: “They’ve had the first dose and that’s the most important thing and we know they are going to receive their second dose. They haven’t confirmed when it will happen because in some instances, they are delaying the second dose.”
At Angel/MNS Care we are proud of all our teams, and Mabbs Hall has recently been recognised as providing outstanding service to the community during the pandemic. Well done Mabbs!
Care home staff are among the first priority groups to receive the vaccine.
Several of our homes are in the first wave of vaccinations and Corrinne Lee is pictured receiving her first dose last week. Corrinne is from Hanbury Court Care Home in Dagenham and was asked to be the “poster girl” for that area by the NHS.
Corrinne said “As a home manager, registered nurse and carer, I feel I have a duty of care for staff and residents to have the vaccination. Like everyone else, I hope the vaccine saves many lives. Because of this, I am hoping my colleagues will also have the jab when offered.”
We would like to strongly encourage everyone to take the vaccine, as this represents the best chance that we have of beating COVID-19.
Care home visiting is being reviewed in light of the latest national lockdown restrictions, and each home will be contacting relatives with their own local arrangements. We support The National Care Forum’s ‘joint call for action’ initiative as we feel visiting is extremely important for our residents and their loved ones, and should be able to be safely continued as far as possible.