All Essential Care Giver visits MUST be pre-booked through our online booking system:[email protected]/bookings/

All residents are able to choose an ‘Essential Care Giver’.  This is someone who provides not only companionship but also additional care and support to their loved one.  Essential Care Giver’s can visit during periods of isolation or if there is an outbreak of coronavirus (providing the Essential Care Giver does not have covid-19).  As an Essential Care Giver you will be required to take frequent coronavirus tests and wear appropriate PPE.

The Essential Care Giver role is vitally important to supporting residents’ health and wellbeing.  Every resident at Farthings can choose an essential care giver to benefit from companionship and additional care and support provided by someone with whom they have a personal relationship.

Essential care givers must follow the same testing arrangements as staff, for both regular asymptomatic testing and in an outbreak situation.  Further information about testing regimes can be found in the care home testing guidance.

Essential care givers should read and follow the appropriate guidance for using PPE in the different care scenarios laid out in the guidance on how to work safely in care homes.  PPE recommendations are different depending on whether direct personal care or companionship is being provided.  More information on how to safely put on and remove PPE can be found in the guidance and visitors should also be encouraged to view the video demonstration.

Essential care givers will be supported by the staff at Farthings as they put on and take off PPE for the first few visits to ensure they are doing so correctly.  Essential care givers will also be briefed on the relevant IPC measures in place and the areas of Farthings they will have access to.  Essential care givers should remain at least one meter from staff and any other resident they may encounter.

If you wish to discuss the Essential Care Giver role further, or your loved one has nominated you to be their Essential Care Giver, please get in touch with Lynne Fardell-Wain (Registered Manager) on 01777 838219 or email [email protected]