Staying safe and living with COVID-19
(updated 22nd September 2022)
The safety and wellbeing of our Residents is always our priority and throughout the pandemic we have remained abreast of evolving government guidance. The following information provides an up-to-date overview of the measures in place today to keep our 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. We will continue to support our Residents and Colleagues to have vaccinations including boosters on an ongoing basis.
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 in line with the country’s guidance and we have increased and enhanced our cleaning schedules across our Homes to minimise the risks posed by COVID-19.
We are pleased to be able to welcome new Residents into our Care Homes. We will always conduct a full pre-admission assessment of care and personal needs, and we have clear protocols in place which include Residents coming into our Homes being tested in advance to confirm that they are COVID-19 negative.
Visiting our Homes to see your loved one
We are pleased that we can accommodate visits to our Care Homes. 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.
Residents are welcome to leave the Home and join in with trips and community events. Relatives and families are also welcome to visit the Home and join in with activities in communal areas.
We continually monitor and review the latest national Governments’ advice. We also liaise with local authorities and Public Health bodies, and we assess the safety aspects of visits to our individual Care Homes on a regular basis. A facemask may need to be worn in line with the country’s guidance. Visitors are welcome at any time without a booking. If visiting during mealtimes, you will be asked to visit the Resident’s bedroom as opposed to the communal dining area. Facemasks will be offered on arrival to the Home but the use of these is not mandated in Scotland. No testing is required prior to visiting; however, we ask that you wash your hands on arrival. We also request that if you have any of the symptoms of Covid, or if you are unwell, that you refrain from visiting our Homes.
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.
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 the Advinia Senior Management Team.
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 this 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/