GUIDANCE ON VISITING OUR CARE HOMES DURING COVID-19

We shall be providing regular updates and guidance about visits to all our care homes on this page during the outbreak of COVID-19. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

Latest Guidance on COVID 19 for Meallmore Residents, Colleagues and Visitors

Updated 06/08/2021

6th August 2021

Dear Relatives and friends of Meallmore,

As we anticipate the country moving forward in our Covid-19 recovery, we are hopeful and optimistic that a new normal is nearing.

Monday the 9th of August 2021 brings Scotland into covid protection levels ‘Beyond Level 0’.

Unfortunately, this is not an indicator that we are back to pre-covid-19 care home visiting processes. While the general National restrictions reduce, we are still subject to careful, considered, and structured visiting processes. These are laid out in the Scottish Government ‘Open with Care’ guidance documents which give supportive advice and suggested approaches to providers as how to manage visiting safely.

We have produced guidance for our Home Managers to review visiting capacity and risk assess each home’s capacity to support the next step towards ‘new normal’ visiting approaches.

Each home will be in contact with any local arrangements that you need to be aware of with regards to booking visits, covid-19 screening processes, LFD testing and visiting processes.

Please see attached ‘Beyond Level 0’ visiting parameters that Meallmore are supporting. These parameters will be reviewed every 6 weeks, where we will monitor issues such as:

  • Local covid-19 prevalence
  • Number of outbreaks in the period
  • Positive cases
  • Number of isolating staff/residents
  • Wider national restrictions
  • Changes in ‘Open with Care’ guidance.

At each review, if we are satisfied that the visiting approach has not compromised our resident and staff groups, then we will consider further reductions in restrictions.

We hope you are understanding of the need for a careful approach.

We look forward to welcoming the steps towards our new normal and thank you in advance for aiding us in keeping our residents safe by supporting our visiting processes.

Kindest Regards

Mary Preston  

Operations Director

 

Beyond Level 0: Meallmore Visiting Parameters

Indoor Visiting

  • Each resident can have 1 indoor visit per day (exceptions may be made locally where essential visits are required)
  • Visits can be up to parties of 4 people (Children count in visiting party numbers)
  • Visit lengths will be agreed locally
  • Identified Designated visitors no longer required.
  • Pets can accompany visitors at the discretion of the Home Management
  • PPE continues, with Fluid resistant Surgical Masks for all indoor visitors (Provided by the care home) and hand hygiene to be observed.
  • Visitors must remain in identified visiting area or within resident’s room.
  • Visitors may enjoy a refreshment with their loved ones and remove their mask for same, only when adhering to the 1-meter distancing
  • Visitor screening will continue for all indoor visitors
  • LFD testing will be offered on arrival or staff will accept proof of community testing from visitors
  • Visits can be booked on booking system or arranged locally in line with each home’s Covid-19 risk assessment

Outdoor Visits

  • Each resident can have 1 outdoor visit per day
  • Visits can be up to parties of 8 people (under 12’s do not count in the overall number)
  • Visit lengths will be agreed locally
  • There is no longer a physical distancing requirement for outdoor visits
  • Face masks do not require to be worn outdoors.
  • Visitor screening will continue for all outdoor visitors
  • LFD testing will be offered on arrival or staff will accept proof of community testing from visitors
  • Visits can be booked on booking system or arranged locally in line with each home’s Covid-19 risk assessment

Outings

  • All Outings will be arranged with the home in advance as per Open with Care ‘Outings away from the home’ guidance in line with Meallmore visiting policy.

Essential Visiting

  • All Meallmore homes facilitate essential visiting, these will be agreed at home level and will take into consideration the residents’ well-being, health condition and mental health. As well as considerations for visitors’ needs in exceptional circumstances. Please contact the home to further discuss.

Relevant links:

We are closely following and complying with information from Health Protection Scotland and Scottish Government to ensure we keep our residents safe, and that our amazing management and staff continue to deliver great care to all.

You can access relevant links to guidance below:

www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

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