Thursday 02 April 2020

Hello to everyone – we hope you are all getting used to your “BUBBLE.

Yes we are still in lockdown – and will remain so until at least the Alert Level 4 is lifted.

Our Residents are “going with the flow” – it is not easy for them but they are uncomplaining and are all generally well at present.

We have the ability for our Residents to Sykpe family and friends – please contact Reception to book a time between 1:30pm – 3:00pm (we are allocating 15 minute slots).

THEME FOR THIS WEEK: “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” — Mark Twain


Friday 27th March 2020

Welcome to our first update during the lockdown period.

We are all settling into what is being referred to as the “new normal”.

Our residents are generally well – some enjoying time out in the sun and being taken for walks, while being mindful of our social distancing.

Our staff are constantly being updated on the latest infection control protocols and it is now commonplace to see staff singing “Happy Birthday” twice in their heads while hand washing.  (This is an easy way to ensure we meet the guidelines for the length of time required to wash your hands.)

Our cleaners have increased their cleaning regimes to ensure that our high traffic areas are regularly cleaning and sanitised.

GP Clinics
We are now doing tele-health clinics – we are set up with the appropriate technology to enable these to be done.
Penny Hedley (our resident GP) is still on the end of the phone for urgent queries.

At Elmwood Masonic House & Hospital we have recently employed two Activities Co-ordinators and they are now helping with our lunchtime feeds.

We are constantly reviewing our staffing situation – with some staff choosing to stay away for the lock-down period because of personal circumstances.  As I am sure you can appreciate this is a difficult time for all staff.  We are recruiting to keep our staffing levels as high as possible.  Any recruitment includes us completing a screening process.

THEME FOR THIS WEEK: Planning prevents panic.