Updated January 2021
DEVONSHIRE DURING COVID
The Devonshire has been one of the luckier care homes during this unprecedented global crisis. Although we, as the rest of the UK and the world, are not out of the woods yet, we are navigating the challenges and are pleased to report that we have all tested negative. We are trying to maintain regular testing so that we can continue to monitor our Residents and staff closely.
We were very sad to have had two confirmed Covid deaths and one suspected Covid related death. After our first hospitalisation we resolved to provide the end of life care our Residents had told us they wanted in their Advanced Care plan. We did not send any other Residents to hospital for Covid related issues. We found and purchased Protective Personal Equipment (PPE). Our Care Manager Smith implemented the necessary precautions: he and the management team reassured, supported and trained staff to join them in providing TLC (tender loving care) and dignified end of life care for our Residents so they could remain in the comfort and familiarity of the Devonshire, amongst staff they recognised and who knew what their wishes were. We were also able to bring family in safely to say their goodbyes.
ADMISSIONS DURING THE COVID PANDEMIC
Respite Support for Family Carers
We are providing respite relief for families struggling with the care of a loved one living with dementia during Covid, so that family carers can take a much needed break without any worry. Minimum stay is two weeks. Call Care Manager Smith on 020 8949 0818 to discuss possibilities, alternatives and your safety concerns.
FAMILY COMMUNICATION AND VISITS DURING THE COVID PANDEMIC
We have helped our Residents to keep in touch with their family and loved ones via Skype, WhatsApp and video calls. Our annual reviews with families have taken place via Zoom. We have had regular weekly contact with families and are also at the end of the telephone line for any daily concerns.
Visit in person is being revised regularly in line with government guidelines.
Arrange a visit
We are following Govt guidelines, when possible we are doing show arounds cautiously in full PPE. You will be asked to enter the home via the Day Centre. Your temperature will be checked and you will be asked a few questions regarding whether you have travelled abroad, or have symptoms. You will be asked to go through our decontamination process. You will be required to leave all your personal belongings and outer wear in this area and put on full personal protective equipment that we provide – mask, gloves, shoe covers and apron – for your own safety and the safety of our Residents and Staff.
You will be escorted through the process by a senior member of staff or member of the Management Team.
RESIDENTS’ ADVOCATE MEETINGS DURING THE COVID PANDEMIC
Our last meeting on Dec 8, 2020 was on Zoom. We discussed the roll out of vaccines, visiting guidelines and procedures.
All Advocates love the weekly update calls from Smith and Donna.
2021 Residents Advocates Meeting are scheduled for
- March 16, 2021 (Venue: Cautiously on Zoom) 5pm
- June 22, 2021 (Venue: Hopefully in the garden) 2pm
- Sept 21, 2021 World Alzheimer’s Day Venue (Venue: Hopefully in person in the lounge) 2pm
- Dec 07, 2021 (Venue: Hopefully in person) 2pm
Please call Sandra on 020 8949 0818 to receive your Zoom link.
WEDNESDAY COFFEE MORNING AND SINGING GROUP
We are Zooming, singing, chatting and following Government guidelines
We are keeping up with each other and meeting on Zoom. The singing isn’t always completely successful but it’s nice to see and hear everyone. Please let us know if you need a device on loan or help zooming in. Please call Jola on 020 8949 0818 to find out more and register.
Regretfully our Devonshire Dementia Day Centre remains closed due to the lack of availability of regular intermittent testing, which makes it still too risky to re-open. Until we can establish a reliable source and supply, or the science tells us otherwise, we must follow government guidelines. With the imminent vaccine roll out we will be following Govt guidelines and hope to resume our Day Centre soon.
Our new HELPLINE
We are proud to say we have now launched our advice and support helpline for families struggling with the care of their loved ones living with dementia during the Covid-19 pandemic.
If you’re struggling with care during Covid-19 pandemic – call the Devonshire Dementia Help & Support Line. Available weekdays 9am to 5pm.
FRESH AIR DRIVES
We are following Govt guidelines and when we can we are encouraging all Residents to participate in a fresh air drive.
For more information on Covid and Dementia visit the Alzheimer’s Society.