Important reminders from NHS Test and Trace

Accessing regular rapid lateral flow tests

Anyone can now get regular rapid lateral flow tests (LFT) without having symptoms.  Rapid lateral tests from the universal testing offer can be ordered through:

Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others, this is why universal testing is so important.

Please continue to test regardless of the vaccine

It is vitally important that you continue to test regardless of whether you have had the vaccine or not.  While the approved vaccines provide protection to a vaccinated person from becoming seriously ill from COVID-19, we do not yet know if they prevent someone from passing on the virus to others.  You can still carry the virus on your body and clothes if you come into contact with it.

Everyone must continue to follow guidance, including wearing the correct personal protection equipment (PPE) and undertake regular testing to continue to protect themselves, the people we care for, your family, friends and colleagues.


Have your say....

The Department of Health and Social Care is consulting on making vaccination a condition of deployment in care homes for older adults to protect the people most at risk in our society.

This is a complex and important issue. The Government want to gather a wide range of perspectives from across the care home sector about whether this should be introduced and how it would be put into practice.

The deadline has now been extended for responses to midday on Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Have your say here:

Making vaccination a condition of deployment in older adult care homes - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


Welcoming new residents through safe admissions

We continue to welcome new residents to our home using our robust covid-secure admission process, whilst protecting those who already live with us and offering safe visiting opportunities.

We specialise in providing care to older people and as a small care home with 22 en-suite bedrooms our team really get to know all residents, understand their needs, and encourage social friendships amongst residents living at Farthings.

We have a robust admission process in place to enable us to offer a safe and compassionate start to living within our care home.

  • Discussions: will take place prior to any admission with the home’s Registered Manager, this may be with yourself or a loved one. This is to gain an overview of your current care needs and requirements.
  • Assessment: if it is likely we would be able to meet your specific needs the Registered Manager will arrange a Pre-Admission Assessment. This is to meet you, discuss what your needs are and how you would like to be cared for.  It will also enable us to give you and your loved ones more information about our home and the facilities we have available to you.  Ordinarily, dependant on circumstance, this would take place face-to-face but rest assured all of our staff are vaccinated, tested three times per week and would be wearing all the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for your safety.
  • Time: after initial discussions and assessments our prospective residents are given time to consider their decision, possibly alongside their loved ones.
  • Testing: we will provide a coronavirus test which is to be completed two days before moving into the home and returned a negative result.
  • Moving In: you are welcome to bring any personal effects to help you feel at home. All our rooms are en-suite, and are equipped with a bed, bedside table, chest of drawers, wardrobe, chair, and a television.  You will receive 14-days of in-room care from admission.
  • Settling In: a full Care Plan will be developed with you; this will include all the information the staff need to ensure they care for you how you would like to be. In addition, the Activities Co-ordinator will spend some time getting to know you and will arrange tailored activities for your interests.  You will receive another coronavirus test around 10 days after admission.  Once you have received in-room care for 14-days and received a negative coronavirus test result you will be able to meet the rest of the Farthings family and explore the home.

 

Here are some commonly asked questions recently regarding admissions:

If I have had a coronavirus test which is negative and have had the vaccine, do I still need to have in-room care for 14-days from admission?

Yes – The current Government Guidance (amended 17.05.21) states that to minimise the risk to residents in care homes during periods of sustained community transmission, all residents being discharged from hospital, or interim care facilities to the care home, and new residents admitted from the community, should be isolated for 14-days within their own room.  A 14-day period of isolation is recommended for residents in care homes as older care home residents are particularly vulnerable group and their immune response may differ from younger, normally healthier individuals.  Furthermore, the guidance advises even with a confirmed covid-19 negative status, from a test taken less than 2 days prior to admission, a 14-day period of isolation is still recommended, particularly in care homes for older residents.

I’m worried if I’m in my room for 14-days that I will be lonely and in a strange environment.

Please be assured you will receive plenty of visits from staff throughout the day, this is a great opportunity to get to know the team on a one-to-one basis.  You will be able to take part in some activities in your room, painting, drawing, jigsaws, reading etc.  There is also wi-fi throughout the home so, with the support of staff if needed, you will be able to facetime loved ones, play games or music on the iPad as well as reading the news or even doing some online shopping!  All rooms have a call-bell for calling assistance at any time of day or night.

I really like being outside in the garden and worry about being inside for the first 14-days.

We have some ‘courtyard’ rooms with direct access to the gardens, you will be able to go outside as you will not pass-through communal areas.

If my coronavirus test is positive, will I still be able to move in as planned?

No, we would ask you to complete your 14-day isolation in your current location before moving into the home when you will then receive in-room care for 14-days.

Will I receive routine coronavirus testing whilst living at Farthings?

Yes, currently all residents are tested every 28-days in line with Government guidance.  Furthermore, all staff are tested three times per week.

Can I still have my coronavirus vaccine?

Yes, we have exceptional links with our local healthcare professionals, the roving team will visit the home to administer covid vaccines, whether that be a first or second vaccine.  We are also proud to advise 100% of all staff and residents have received their first vaccine, with over 80% also having received their second.

Am I able to still see my loved ones?

Absolutely!  We have several visiting options; each resident is able to identify five named nominated visitors of whom can visit the resident (max two at a time) in their own bedroom.  Visits can also take place in our gardens, inside our visiting marquee, gate visits, window visits and of course virtual and telephone visits too.

 

If you are considering care for yourself or your loved one, please call our friendly team who will be more than willing to answer any questions you may have, 01777 838 219, alternatively you can email info@ashallcare.co.uk.


Types of care available at Farthings

We specialise in providing care to older people, care which comes in many different forms.  As a small care home with 22 en-suite bedrooms our team really get to know all residents, understand their needs, and encourage social friendships amongst residents living at Farthings.  Below are some of the different types of care we offer:

Dementia Care

Around 850,000 people are living with dementia in the UK (www.alzheimers.org.uk).  All of our staff undergo dementia training, and several have received additional training provided by Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.  Our aim is to support our residents to maintain their dignity and quality of life through a detailed understanding of their social history.  By doing this we are able to support our resident to live the life they choose, we have an activities programme available for everyone and we can support our residents in our internal courtyard area which also features a fishpond with running water.

Residential Care

The most common feedback we receive from family members is that Farthings is a ‘home from home’ our aim is for this to always be the ‘feeling’ when living and visiting Farthings.  As a smaller home our friendly team really get to know all residents, and their loved ones.  Residential care includes own en-suite bedroom, nutritional home cooked meals cooked onsite, housekeeping, and personal support (such as help with hygiene, bathing, medication management) as well as access to GP services. There is an activities programme available in groups or on a 1-2-1 basis dependant on preference.

Respite Care

Caregiving for an elderly, ill, or disabled family member is a demanding job and no one is equipped to do it alone, respite services can provide a vital break (www.helpguide.org).  Respite Care can really offer support, providing that much needed temporary rest so the caregiver can take a step back for a short period to take care of their own health needs, socialise with friends, perhaps catch up on sleep or take a well-deserved holiday knowing their loved one is well-cared for.  Respite care can be planned or unplanned, in cases of emergency.  Respite care offers an ideal opportunity to socialise with different people and forge relationships with other residents within the home.  There are various mentally and physically stimulating activities available for all residents.  In time, respite care can prepare a person to have a better transition into a full-time life in a care home.

If you are considering care for yourself or your loved one, please call our friendly team who will be more than willing to answer any questions you may have, 01777 838 219, alternatively you can email info@ashallcare.co.uk.


Covid safe visiting solutions are available for our residents and their loved ones

We are delighted to welcome relatives and friends back to Farthings to be reunited with their loved ones.

At Farthings we have many ways in which loved ones can remain in touch:

  • Marquee Visit – a face to face visit with your loved one, currently the National Government Guidance allows two nominated individuals to see a resident face to face. We require a negative LFT coronavirus test prior to coming into the home and visitors are required to wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment, all are provided on arrival.
  • Gate Visit – we have a gate to our rear garden and welcome visitors to meet their relatives socially distant ‘over the gate’. A face covering should be worn whilst undertaking a gate visit.
  • Window Visit – residents with external rooms can have a window visit at their bedroom should they wish. Alternatively, window visits can take place from our small sitting area on the front of the home.  Many of our residents talk to their loved ones on the telephone whilst having a window visit.
  • Virtual Visit – residents are welcome to utilise the homes iPads to have a video call with their loved ones, the staff team will support residents to do this if required.
  • Telephone – everyone is welcome to utilise the home’s phone to converse with loved ones.

All visits must be pre-booked in advanced though our easy-to-use online booking system.  Bookings can also be made through our friendly team who will make the booking on your behalf.

We are continually reviewing our visiting policies and make changes when we are able or instructed to do so, this is primarily lead by Government Guidance, Nottinghamshire County Council or Bassetlaw Clinical Commissioning Group as well as the Director of Public Health.  Our priority remains to be the safety of our residents, colleagues, and visitors alike.

Sadly, sometimes our residents may require end of life care and in these cases, we will arrange compassionate visits for close family members to take place.  We will support compassionate visits during periods of lockdowns and will do everything we can to support families during this sad time.

Should you have any queries regarding our visiting options please call our friendly team on 01777 838219 or email info@ashallcare.co.uk we look forward to seeing you soon.


Signs your loved one may be lonely and why a care home is the solution

The ongoing global pandemic has been challenging for most people, many people have been forced to stay at home with little interaction with their friends and family and they could be stuck in the same mundane routine.  Which.co.uk reported that one in ten people aged 65 or over either always or often felt lonely.  Furthermore, verywellmind.com report that loneliness has a wide range of negative effects on a person, inclusive of altered brain function, Alzheimer’s disease progression, cardiovascular disease and stroke and depression.  Now is more important than ever to identify the signs your loved one may be lonely and find a solution.

Some of the signs your loved one may be feeling lonely:

  • May be withdrawn from family and friends
  • Struggling to find positives in life
  • Sleeping more or not enough
  • Not caring about their appearance
  • Struggling to do simple tasks
  • Lost or lacking appetite

Many people would not admit they are lonely or indeed struggling as a sense of pride and independence is extremely important for many people.  At Farthings, our care home near Retford, this is recognised and we actively promote as much independence as we can whilst being on hand to give support as required.  As a small care home the ‘Farthings Family’ can offer yourself or your loved one a sense of belonging and contribution to a community, empowerment is encouraged whilst having support on hand.  Farthings offers a variety of activities to ensure you or your loved one remains active.  Fresh nutritious home cooked meals are produced in our home from home kitchen.

If you or any of your loved ones are experiencing the feeling of loneliness please get in touch with us.  We are here to help and support you. Our friendly team are contactable on 01777 838219 or info@ashallcare.co.uk


Safely Welcoming New Residents

We continue to welcome new residents to our home with strict covid secure procedures in place.  Our team are on hand to discuss any concerns or answer questions you may have.

To safely welcome new residents to our home Government Guidance is always followed.

The process we follow:

  • Discussions: will take place prior to any admission with the home’s Registered Manager, this may be with yourself or a loved one. It may also involve any professionals currently involved in you care for example a Social Worker, or home carers.  This is to gain an overview of your current care needs.
  • Assessment: if it is likely we would be able to meet your specific needs the Registered Manager will arrange a Pre-Admission Assessment. This is to meet you, discuss what your needs are and how you would like to be cared for.  It will also enable us to give you and your loved ones more information about our home and the facilities we have available to you.  Ordinarily, dependant on circumstance, this would take place face-to-face but rest assured all of our staff are tested three times per week and would be wearing all the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for your safety.
  • Time: after initial discussions and assessments our prospective residents are given time to consider their decision, possibly alongside their loved ones. Should you decide you would like to move into our home, this can happen as quickly or as slowly as you choose.  Some residents wish to move in the same day and others book their place for in a months’ time.
  • Testing: we will provide a coronavirus test which is to be completed and returned a negative result prior to moving into the home.
  • Moving In: you are welcome to bring any personal effects you wish, to help you feel at home. All our rooms are en-suite, and are equipped with a bed, bedside table, chest of drawers, wardrobe, chair and a television.  Wi-Fi is also available throughout the home.  You will be required to remain in your bedroom for the first 14-days after admission.  This is in line with Government Guidance to prevent the possible spread of coronavirus.  We will ensure you receive plenty of visits from our staff team, should you wish, and this will give you and the staff the perfect opportunity for some one to one time.
  • Settling In: when you have been in the home for a day or so a full Care Plan will be developed with you. This will include all the information the staff need to ensure they care for you how you would like to be.  In addition, the Activities Co-ordinator will spend some time getting to know you and will arrange tailored activities for your interests.  You will receive another coronavirus test around day 10.  Then when you have isolated for 14-days and received another negative coronavirus test you will be able to meet the rest of the Farthings family and explore the home.

How we ensure we remain Covid safe

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 https://apotekerendk.com/cialis-danmark/.  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.

What We've Been Doing Since We've Been Closed To Non-Essential Visitors

We have supported residents to use devices to keep in touch with their loved ones in addition to facilitating when possible socially distant visits in the garden.  Please have a look on our Facebook page to watch some lovely sing-along videos too.

A socially distanced walk to the village church was enjoyed, we have enjoyed games and pampering apotheke-zag.de!

Many birthdays have been enjoyed