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The latest goings-on at Oakwood House

Find out all about what we’ve been up to both here at Oakwood House and out and about.

Mother's Day

We still managed to put a smile on our Residents’ faces on Mother’s Day even though many were unable to see their loved ones on this special day. Wendy, our Activities Co-ordinator, loaded up her trolley and went into each ladies room with luxury chocolates, cupcakes and Mother’s Day cards from the Oakwood House Team. Many of the ladies said what a lovely idea it was.

Nutrition & Hydration Week!

Shirley and Wendy went around with the tea trolley this afternoon, old-fashioned tuck shop style, to encourage Residents to choose their own cakes, biscuits, fruits and a variety of milkshakes and juices.

Information regarding the Coronavirus update:

This week, the UK has moved from "contain" to the "delay" phase in its fight against the spread of the coronavirus outbreak and to ensure Oakwood House is complying with the Public Health authorities’ recommendations, we have therefore reviewed our earlier announced visiting restrictions.

During the ‘delay’ phase, social distancing tactics are used to try to prevent accelerated transmission and as part of this, the Government has stated it will announce measures for people in at-risk groups to stay at home for 12 weeks, starting this weekend. The people considered to be in the at-risk groups include pregnant women; people aged over 70 and those with underlying health conditions. As the majority of our residents fit into two of these three categories; we have revised our visitation policy accordingly, in order to ensure we keep all our residents and staff as safe as possible.

We are therefore asking visitors, including family members and friends, to refrain from visiting our care home until further notice. To ensure that we keep our residents safe, and that our staff are supported to continue to deliver great care.

We have not taken this decision lightly, and appreciate that this may cause some discomfort, but feel that this is a necessary step to take. If there is an unexpected situation that you believe may require a visit, we would ask that you discuss and agree this with Debbie Barnes (Home Manager) or Sandra Hudson (Deputy Manager) prior to your arrival.

These new visitation restrictions are being taken in addition to those announced earlier, which included the cancellation of all non-essential visits from the local community and external entertainment for the foreseeable future. Our staff will do all they can to ensure that life in our services remains as comfortable and sociable as possible. We will still ensure that vital medical visits are made, and will be sure that only essential visitors who are not displaying symptoms come in, and that they wash their hands on entering.

We would really appreciate your support with these measures, and please be reassured that our priority though out this period is to ensure that we keep our residents safe, and that our staff are supported to continue to deliver great care.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Debbie Barnes (Home Manager) or Sandra Hudson (Deputy Manager).

Information regarding the Coronavirus update:

The Department of Health and Public Health England issued the latest guidance late afternoon Friday 13th 2020 on the management of the Coronavirus Covid-19 for Care Homes.

At Oakwood House we are committed to ensuring that we keep our residents and staff as safe as possible, and as a preventative measure we are asking that visiting is limited to a couple of close family members only.

Do not visit the Home if you have been in contact with anyone self-isolating, anyone who is known to have Covid-19, or anyone who has travelled abroad to the high risk areas. We are requesting that no children visit the Home at this time.

When family members attend the Home we have a sanitiser for hands outside the front door, and respectfully request that all visitors entering the building use this, following the poster guidance for effective hand decontamination. We are asking you to restrict your visiting to a minimum in order to keep your loved ones, and all our other residents, as safe as possible.

We have not taken this decision lightly, and appreciate that this may cause some anxiety, but feel that this is a necessary step to take.

Once inside the Home we request you go directly to your loved one’s room and visit them there only and not in the communal areas of the Home. If the resident is not in their room a member of staff will notify the resident and assist them to return to their room.

Our staff will do all they can to ensure that life in our Home remains as comfortable and sociable as possible. We have cancelled all external entertainment until further notice. We will still ensure that vital medical visits are made.

We would greatly appreciate your support with these measures for our residents in order to keep our residents safe, and that our staff are supported to continue to deliver great care. In the unfortunate event that we do have a case in our home we will need to stop all visiting completely and will inform you accordingly.

We will continue to monitor the situation and adhere to any revised guidance.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Debbie or Sandra.