Throughout the pandemic our number one priority has always been to ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of all our residents and staff.

We have developed and continually reviewed our protocols and processes throughout the pandemic to ensure the very latest guidance is followed.

We protect the people in our care by:

  • Enhanced Cleaning: additional enhanced cleaning regimes are in place. We continue to use Virusolve+ cleaning products throughout the home, which is a highly effective cleaner and disinfectant against bacteria, micobacteria, fungi, viruses and spores.  Virusolve+ continues to work for up to 7-days on surfaces.
  • Accessible Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): PPE is in plentiful supply and is readily and easily accessible throughout the home. Regular PPE audits ensure stock levels are maintained.
  • Testing: ‘soft signs’ are checked as a minimum twice daily for all of our residents, this includes temperature checks and checks for all symptoms. Furthermore, all residents receive a coronavirus test every 28-days.  All staff receive testing three times per week.  This enables us to take immediate steps should there be any positive results  In addition, we ensure any visiting professional i.e. district nurse, GP have had a negative test within 3-days of visiting the home.
  • Training: all staff have received specific Covid-19 training in addition to mandatory Infection Control training which is undertaken annually.
  • Visiting: we have several options for safe visiting all of which can be booked through our dedicated visiting booking system, these are:
    • marquee visits – one nominated visitor is able to visit their loved one inside our newly purchased marquee (a covid-19 test must be taken and negative prior entry)
    • gate visits – face to face socially distant visits can take place through our courtyard gate
    • window visits – face to face visits can take place through our smaller sitting room window, with loved ones communicating on telephones.
    • virtual visits – the homes iPad has facetime, teams, skype, zoom etc which can be used, supported by our staff team.
  • Legislation: we have undertaken our Care Quality Commission Emergency Support Framework call and are maintaining compliance. In addition, we are in regular contact with the Bassetlaw Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC).
  • Activities: a wide range of activities are still on offer at Farthings to ensure our residents remain physically and mentally stimulated. Recently we have held online exercise classes, art classes, quizzes, topical discussions and cooking.
  • Vaccinations: we are supporting the National vaccination programme and are absolutely delighted that 100% of our residents and staff have now had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Several staff have also received their second dose.  Furthermore, we will continue to encourage all new residents and staff to access their vaccination.