Staying safe through the pandemic – our coronavirus response

(updated 1st Dec 2021)

The safety and wellbeing of our Residents is always our priority and throughout the pandemic we have remained in lockstep with evolving government guidance. The following information provides an up-to-date overview of the measures in place today to keep Residents safe and well.

Keeping your loved one safe

Our COVID-19 vaccination policy

We absolutely recognise the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine. Not only does it help to keep our Residents safe and well, but it also allows our Homes to once again welcome family members and friends. The vaccine roll out has transformed the pandemic response with regards to care homes and for that we are all immensely grateful.

As of November 11th, in accordance with government legislation, all of our Colleagues (barring those with a legitimate medical exemption) have been double vaccinated. Full vaccination status is now also a condition of employment in all Advinia Care Homes.

Our Colleagues also undergo regular testing to ensure our Homes remain COVID-free. In addition to this frequent testing for Residents and Colleagues, we are continuing to check temperatures and to look for recognised symptoms of COVID-19, so that we can safeguard the health of everyone who lives and works in our Homes.

Keeping our Homes safe – enhanced infection control policies and procedures

We continue to follow enhanced infection prevention and control policies, and our teams remain alert to the threat of COVID-19 at all times. Our Homes follow good hand hygiene practices, with enhanced handwashing and hand sanitiser stations available. All Colleagues, healthcare professionals and visitors wear appropriate, high-quality PPE and we have increased and enhanced our cleaning schedules across our Homes to minimise the risks posed by COVID-19.

Admissions policy

We are pleased to be able to welcome new Residents into our Care Homes. We will always carry-out a full pre-admission assessment of care and personal needs and will need a PCR test within the 72 hours before admission and a Lateral Flow Test on the day of moving into an Advinia Home. Those coming from hospital will initially be cared for in isolation for a few days, in accordance with government guidelines. However, everyone can enjoy the company of an ‘essential visitor’ from day one of their stay with us.

Resident wellbeing

Visiting our Homes to see your loved one

We are pleased that we can accommodate all visits to our Care Homes, bar any local restrictions.  Welcoming loved ones back to our Homes has been an essential part of the recovery from the pandemic and we are delighted to welcome you back.

We continually monitor and review the latest national Governments’ advice and liaise with local authorities and Public Health bodies and assess the safety visits to our individual Care Homes on a regular basis.

We are appropriately prepared to respond to changing guidance in the light of local or national restrictions and advice from the relevant Public Health bodies.

We understand that when circumstances change at short notice this can be very disruptive for Residents and their families and Home Managers will endeavour to communicate any changes as quickly as possible.

Our Social Visits Policy will continue to be regularly monitored and reviewed to ensure we are always in line with the latest national guidance.

Guidance In Your Local Area

We rigorously follow both national and local Public Health / Health Protection guidelines and are in regular contact with all the local Public Health teams so that we stay abreast of all policy developments. All Advinia Care Homes have a well thought out and detailed Contingency Plan and they are supported by Advinia right the way to the top of the company.

A Senior Response Team (SRT) has been established which meets regularly and supports all Homes as needed. This team ensures that all the appropriate policies, procedures, resources and equipment are in place to provide the best possible care for Residents.

We’re always here to listen and to help

If you have any other questions regarding Advinia Care Homes’ admissions or visiting policies, please contact your local Care Home. All contact details can be found on the website.

For the latest information on COVID-19 and national guidance please go to the following websites:

UK Government: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Scottish Government: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/