DEVONSHIRE DURING COVID
The Devonshire has been one of the luckier care homes during this unprecedented global crisis. Although we, as the rest of the UK and the world, are not out of the woods yet, we are navigating the challenges and are pleased to report that we have all tested negative. We are trying to maintain regular testing so that we can continue to monitor our Residents and staff closely.
We were very sad to have had two confirmed Covid deaths and one suspected Covid related death. After our first hospitalisation we resolved to provide the end of care our Residents had told us they wished in their Advanced Care plan. We did not send any other Residents to hospital for Covid related issues. We found and purchased Protective Personal Equipment (PPE). Our Care Manager Smith implemented the necessary precautions: he and the management team reassured, supported and trained staff to join them in providing TLC (tender loving care) and dignified end of life care for our Residents so they could remain in the comfort and familiarity of the Devonshire, amongst staff they recognised and who knew what their wishes were. We were also able to bring family in safely to say their goodbyes.
ADMISSIONS DURING THE COVID PANDEMIC
We have created a separate household of 5 en-suite bedrooms for new Residents on the second floor. Once a prospective Resident has tested negative for Covid, they will be admitted to reside on the second floor for 14 days, after which they will be moved to their chosen room.
FAMILY COMMUNICATION AND VISITS DURING THE COVID PANDEMIC
We have helped our Residents to keep in touch with their family and loved ones via Skype, WhatsApp and video calls. Our annual reviews with families have taken place via Zoom. We have had regular weekly contact with families and are also at the end of the telephone line for any daily concerns. Families are now, as of 1st June, permitted to visit relatives cautiously, in full PPE and under strict infection protocols, visits are pre-booked and are arranged in the garden. When the weather does not cooperate, visits are held in our day centre which is temporarily closed. This arrangement will be revised in line with government guidelines.
RESIDENTS’ ADVOCATE MEETINGS DURING THE COVID PANDEMIC
On July 2 we had our very first Zoom residents’ Advocates Meeting which went very well. This will sadly be our new normal till we can meet in larger groups.
WEDNESDAY COFFEE MORNING AND SINGING GROUP
Our Singing group members are itching to restart. We will be trying a virtual zoom singing group. Please register to get your link. As the weather improves we are hoping to host the Singing group in the gardens. We will organise a reservation system as we still need to socially distance. Please call Sandra to let her know if you would like to attend.
Regretfully our Devonshire Dementia Day Centre remains closed due to the lack of availability of regular intermittent testing, which makes it still too risky to re-open. Until we can establish a reliable source and supply, or the science tells us otherwise, we must follow government guidelines. We look forward to a time when we can welcome you to spend a fun day with us in the not-too-distant future.
For more information on Covid and Dementia visit the Alzheimer’s Society.