Many families will be understandably concerned about supporting a loved one’s move into a care home during the coronavirus pandemic.
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As lockdown eases and we all start to return to some semblance of normality and learn how to live our lives as safely as we can, the need to place a loved one into a care home will increase, so it’s important for you to know what we’ve learned and how our care homes have adapted to respond to coronavirus.
At the start of the pandemic care homes faced some significant challenges as there was no access to coronavirus testing and limited supplies of personal protective equipment; HC-One was one of the best placed care providers in respect of PPE, working around the clock we were able to provide all Colleagues with sufficient supplies very early on and we have continued to source and supply significant stocks throughout.
We were also one of the first care providers to adopt a regular coronavirus testing; throughout the pandemic we have been involved in a range of different testing pilot programmes and are able to carry out our own testing.
We were also one of the first care home providers to restrict non-essential visits as we soon recognised that by reducing the number of people visiting our care homes, we reduced the likely transmission of coronavirus in our care homes; this was an incredibly difficult decision as we were aware of the impact it would have on families so we've had to work hard to more to our current position of being able to once again welcome Relatives and friends to visit their loved ones through safe garden visits and window visits on an appointment basis.
We've been constantly focussed on taking the next small steps towards a semblance of normality in the way that we operate our care homes so that we can provide safe admissions to new Residents, safeguard those Residents who already live with us and enable our Relatives to spend time with their loved ones either virtually through the use of technology or in person through our safe garden and window visits and we look forward to taking further safe steps.
As part of the steps that HC-One is taking to continue to provide safe and kind care to our Residents, we welcomed the UK Government’s announcement in June 2021 that it would be legislating to require care home staff in England to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As a kind care company, we believe this is the right thing to do, and we have made the decision to make having the COVID-19 vaccine a condition of employment for all HC-One Colleagues, including our Colleagues in Scotland and Wales, and all of our Support Teams from Monday 13th September 2021. This is the responsible step for us to take. The evidence is clearly emerging that vaccination cuts transmission and substantially reduces the risk of hospitalisation. Together with regular testing, and robust infection prevention and control measures, vaccinations will help us to keep our homes safe and open to visiting, and operate our homes in a way that is as close to normal as possible. We are currently consulting with our Colleagues and trade union partner on how we introduce this new vaccine requirement.
To learn more about the way we have adapted our services to respond to coronavirus in the safest possible way, please navigate your way through this "Kind Care" section on our website, where we outline our policies on safe admissions for new Residents, coronavirus testing, infection control management and in-room care and hotel services.
Alternatively please contact one of our professional Careline Advisors who can explain this in more detail. Tel: 0333 999 8699