We all recognise that Christmas is going to be different for us all this year, and even more so now that Peterborough has been placed into a Tier 4 area.
This is the highest level the Government has placed the city in to date. The rates of infection in our City almost match those of London, and consequently we must be extra vigilant in ensuring the safety of our residents.
We are preparing ourselves to once again tackle this head on by implementing measures and procedures to help us manage the Covid-19 risk. Sadly, this will affect the way we work.
The current government guidance regarding Care Home visiting within a Tier 4 area states:
‘Visits to care homes can take place with arrangements such as substantial screens, visiting pods, or behind windows.’
We are therefore immediately implementing new measures at our Care Homes.
In line with Government guidance, residents going to visit family is now not an available option.
With immediate effect, hairdressers will not be permitted to come and do residents hair.
We are following the guidance regarding hairdressers not being classed as essential visitors / services, and also that hair salons have been asked to close. In general, mobile hairdressers also visit more than one care home which brings additional risks to both us and other homes.
Essential visits from health professionals such as doctors and district nurses, and people repairing critically important equipment, are still going ahead.
All non-essential visits are now postponed.
I want to thank our friends and relatives for the support you have shown us during this unprecedented period, as I know it can’t be easy for any of you.
Please all stay safe.
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