Nonsuch Abbeyfield  COVID-19 Our Approach

 

COVID-19 has brought many problems, particularly so to older and vulnerable people.  We at Abbeyfield Southern Oaks are acutely aware of the worries that residents. their families, staff and visitors have at this difficult time.  Please be assured that we are ceaselessly striving to ensure the safety of all who live, work or visit our homes.

 

The Five-Point Plan to manage the COVID virus into the next phase
It is important for us to recognise that the COVID 19 restrictions are being lifted on July 19th 2021. We also feel that it is important that we put in place an action plan to release these measures on a gradual basis taking into consideration the current climate of increased positive cases.
The five point-plan below, sets out our COVID-19 Response and will help us to manage the risks of living with the virus and remain vigilant as we enter this new phase.

1. Reinforce the vaccine wall of defence through a managed process up and through the winter period. booster jabs and driving take up for all new and existing residents, staff and volunteers. I can confirm that as of 16th July 2021, all of our residents, staff and volunteers have all had two vaccinations. We will endeavour to only use volunteers and staff that have had a double vaccination in line with the new government guidelines.

2. Enable our Residents, Staff and Volunteers to make informed decisions through guidance and suggestive measures, rather than laws. The government will remove regulations from 19 July, and the measures described below will assist us to make informed decisions and protect everyone.

3. Retain proportionate test and isolate plans. The government has indicated that they will keep the testing system in place; continue to offer free lateral flow tests to help people manage their personal risk; maintain current isolation requirements until 16 August before introducing an exemption for fully vaccinated contacts. We do not have plans to recommend self-isolation unless you have had a positive Covid Test result or you have returned from your annual leave from a Red listed country. You will then be asked to follow the government guidelines on self-isolation.

At ASO We will encourage the continuance of taking a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) to promote safety and build confidence within our Home settings. These are recommendations only and we will leave it to each Home setting to choose the level and frequency of taking a LFT.

4. Manage the risks. To reduce the risk of variants emerging within our Home settings we will aim to operate in the following manner:

Nonsuch Abbeyfield Residents
– To promote safety using our existing processes and a gradual release of restrictions.
– Advocate Visitors being welcomed back within all ASO settings.
– To make sure that we keep a watchful eye on visiting numbers we request that you let our Community Manager know how many visitors will be arriving.
– There will be no time limit, but we recommend that visits should take place in an area within our Homes where it is not considered busy. For example: a quite lounge, the garden, your apartment are all good examples where visits can take place.
– For those at Nonsuch Abbeyfield you may want to visit our Restaurant. This of course is ok, but we would like to cap the number of residents/visitors at one time/sitting within our Restaurant area to 30 persons. The overspill area in our lounge area may also be used up to 12 persons. Please note that both the restaurant and lounge outside areas can also be used to ease congestion.
– We ask you to consider and use your good judgement regarding social distancing.
– Due to the amount of free area within Nonsuch Abbeyfield, we suggest that all residents carry a mask in their pocket and use them if you find yourself in an area where you feel that you can not socially distance, or if you are in discussion with another resident/visitor not seated in a communal area.
– It is our suggestion that visitors being welcomed into an ASO setting should take their temperature as well as signing the visitor’s book. We may also ask you about your current health status at this time.
– As a further precaution, we may also ask you if you have been in contact with anybody that has had a recent positive case or had symptoms. We may also ask you to present proof of your jab status. This will promote safety via our duty of care to the persons we look after.
– We will continue to ask if you have been tested via a LFT as this is a quick an easy test that promotes safety.
– Residents returning from a hospital stay (admitted) and those attending large events to be asked to take a LFT on their return and another 4 days later. You will not be asked to self-isolate unless you produce a positive result.
– Using the minibus could be planned for post 19th July using all 16 seats and mixing residents from our houses with mask wearing encouraged but with good ventilation in the vehicle.

Nonsuch Abbeyfield Staff
– We recommend that our Staff carry a mask to wear in the following situations:
– If you are working within one of our settings and you can not sufficiently social distance.
– If you find yourself in a crowded area where social distancing can not be avoided.
– Walking around a communal area where other residents are relaxing.
– Staff do not have to wear a mask if you are either working alone, sufficiently social distanced 2 m away from your colleague, seated at your desk, or when walking around the Home where no other colleague or resident is present.
– Staff will continue to take a LFT once per week.
– We aim to review the risks on a monthly basis and the next CV1 meeting will take place on 10th August 2021.
– The next Nonsuch Abbeyfield Covid19 Resident meeting will take place on 12th August 2021.
– The next government review announcement will be on the 16th August 2021.
– Volunteers to be allowed into our Home settings but would be asked to take LFT prior to their arrival. You will be asked to prove a negative result.
– PPE to be worn by our hairdressers.

Sheltered Houses
– To promote safety using our existing processes and a gradual release of restrictions.
– Advocate Visitors being welcomed back within all ASO settings.
– To make sure that we keep a watchful eye on visiting numbers we will need you to let our Home Mangers know how many visitors will be arriving.
– We recommend that visits should take place in an area within our Homes that are not considered busy. For example: a quite lounge, the garden, our visitor’s room, or your own bedroom are all good examples.
– We ask you to consider and use your good judgement regarding social distancing.
– We would recommend that you continue to wear a face mask whilst walking around our Sheltered Houses, removing the mask when you are seated with a family member.
– It is our suggestion that visitors being welcomed into an ASO setting should take their temperature as well as signing the visitor’s book. We may also ask you about your current health status at this time.
– As a further precaution, we may also ask you if you have been in contact with anybody that has had a recent positive case or had symptoms. We may also ask you to present proof of your jab status. This will promote safety via our duty of care to the persons we look after.
– We will continue to ask if you have been tested via a LFT as this is a quick an easy test that promotes safety.
– Residents returning from a hospital stay (admitted) and those attending large events to be asked to take a LFT on their return and another 4 days later. You will not be asked to self-isolate unless you produce a positive result.
– Using the minibus could be planned for post 19th July using all 16 seats and mixing residents from our houses with mask wearing encouraged but with good ventilation in the vehicle.

Sheltered Housing Staff
– We recommend that our Staff carry a mask to wear in the following situations:
– If you are working within one of our settings and you can not sufficiently social distance.
– If you find yourself in a crowded area where social distancing can not be avoided.
– Walking around a communal area where other residents are relaxing.
– Staff do not have to wear a mask if you are either working alone, sufficiently social distanced 2 m away from your colleague seated at your desk, or when walking around the Home where no other colleague or resident is present.
– Staff will continue to take a LFT once per week.
– We aim to review the risks on a monthly basis and the next CV1 meeting will take place on 10th August 2021.
– The next Nonsuch Abbeyfield Covid19 Resident meeting will take place on 12th August 2021.
– The next government review announcement will be on the 16th August 2021.
– Volunteers to be allowed into our Home settings but would be asked to take LFT prior to their arrival. You will be asked to prove a negative result.
– PPE to be worn by our hairdressers.
PPE & Infection Control
– Sanitiser and PPE will continue to be made available at all ASO settings.
– The recent scientific guidance points to making sure that all areas within a Home setting that cater for a visit will need to be and will continue to be well ventilated.
5. Retain contingency measures to respond to unexpected events, while accepting that further cases, hospitalisations and deaths will occur as the country learns to live with COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the data from local areas that need an enhanced response to COVID-19; and maintain contingency plans for re-imposing social restrictions. if evidence suggests they are necessary to suppress or manage a dangerous variant. Such measures would only be re-introduced as a last resort.

 

We will aim to follow the guidance given and feedback this information when and where appropriate. Our next meeting to review these matters is 10th August 2021.

Martin King – DBO Abbeyfield Southern Oaks

 

 

 

 

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