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UPDATE – 19th May 2020

Hello Relatives and Friends

Thank you for the ongoing understanding and support you have given to us, as a Care Home, during this difficult time. It is very much appreciated by everybody. We are delighted to report, that following the testing of all residents in the Bungalows and Care Home, we are Covid free.

At present we are unable to test staff without symptoms. However, we will continue have staff tested, that show symptoms and they will then self-isolate.

We have had a great response to the ‘Drive thru’ scheduled for 30th and 31st May. Just a reminder to email requests to us before 25th May 2020. We are looking forward to this event, I’m sure it will be a great boost to both residents and relatives.

An additional element we will be introducing, with immediate effect, is the option of an individual Drive thru visit on a resident’s birthday. As with the forthcoming Drive thru event, the same rules will apply and the request will need to be made one week in advance of the visit, with a maximum of two cars. We will make an allowance for birthdays that fall within the next week. Feel free to decorate the cars accordingly.

You can organise delivery of cards and presents prior to the visit in line with the quarantine rules so they can be opened by the resident when you visit.
Requests are to be made by email to office@carltonhall.co.uk

We are looking forward to a musical event tomorrow afternoon in the grounds, with cakes and ice creams for the residents. We will be holding two separate groups, maintaining a distance of over two metres.

We will continue to develop activities to maintain residents emotional and psychological well-being, whilst maintaining the health and safety of the residents and the staff, as we have succeeded to this point.

Management and Directors

 


 

Drive Through Visiting Event

We will be trialling an initial drive through visiting scheme at Carlton Hall on the following weekend:

Saturday 30th May

11:00 – 12:00 Hall residents 13:00 – 14:00 Bungalow residents 15:30 – 16:30 Orangery residents

Sunday 31st May

11:00 – 12:00 Courtyard Residents 13:00 – 14:00 Bungalow residents 15:30 – 16:30 Granary residents

To access, you will be required to submit an email request to office@carltonhall.co.uk by 25th May 2020, with details of the car registrations, you will then be allocated a specific time slot to arrive.

Each resident can have a maximum of two vehicles to visit, and must arrive at the same time. Please arrive at the main entrance, you will then be given directions, which may require you parking in a bay for a short time, before being directed to your family member.

You will have approximately 10 mins where you will be able to pull up and chat with your relative/friend. We will do our best to allow privacy, but this may be difficult so please understand this.

The following rules will apply:

  • you must comply with Government guidelines re only household members travelling in one care
  • the car window can be open as the residents will be behind a designated area
  • You must not bring any items to be passed to the residents
  • you must remain in your vehicle whilst you are within the grounds of Carlton Hall.

We fully appreciate that you would like to spend longer with your family, but on this first visit we will have so many residents wishing to receive visits, that we must limit time to enable all residents to receive a visit. To manage the logistics safely and efficiently, and ensure the safety of our residents and staff, it is necessary to give allocated time slots. We ask for your patience and understanding, with our first ‘drive through’, we are sure you will appreciate the impact on staffing an event of this nature will have.

We look forward to hearing from you

Management and Directors

 


 

UPDATE – 7th May 2020

Dear Family and Friends

Well spring has definitely sprung and it feels as if we are slowly moving forward in small steps. The Government has begun the process of beginning to discuss how the Country wide lock-down may start to be slowly eased over the coming weeks and indeed months in some sectors of life.

This is good news and we are pleased to highlight that we have no cases on site, although we had to implement complete isolation for a short period last week in two of the units following a member of staff falling ill whilst on duty. They were subsequently tested and found to be negative which was great news but shows how important it is that we maintain the approach and vigilance that has got us to this stage. We have had only one case and the resident has fully recovered, no spread to other residents or staff and no deaths thankfully. However we have to remember that there have been numerous cases and sadly deaths in homes in the local area, so we cannot become complacent.

We have issued a separate statement on our website regarding our status of PPE, and this continues to be a major issue for both the NHS and Social Care Sector, but we are continuing to source this from numerous outlets to ensure we keep the PPE levels at our minimum standards which is above the Government recommended levels.

In reality as the lock-down starts to lift in wider society, the risk to the residents in the village will increase due to wider social mixing. As such, we will for the time-being, maintain the current policies in place, which whilst hard for all concerned has been the reason as to why we have remained relatively clear of the virus for so long and we do not want to do anything that could jeopardize this. How long this continues in reality will depend on how the infection numbers in the wider community fair under partial relaxation of the lock down, but we will for the safety of our residents and staff always err on the side of caution.

We are shortly looking to open up a facility within the coffee shop whereby relatives will be able to visit their loved ones via use of a separated booth, being able to see their relative whilst still maintaining the safety of the residents from cross infection. With the potential of asymptomatic individuals ie those that show no signs whatsoever, any increase in contact increases the chance for infection not just to your relatives but to the rest of the residents as well. This will be on a pre-booked basis for a 20 minute period. Whilst we realise many would prefer a longer time, we wish initially to get as many residents seen by their relatives as possible, so logistically, we hope you understand that the initial meeting will need to be limited to 20 mins.

We are also looking at the potential of relatives using enhanced PPE to include gowns, gloves and masks to enable relatives to spend time with their loved ones in the grounds and gardens as the weather improves. However, with the current pressure on PPE supplies, I am sure you will understand that this option may be limited but we will come back to you in the near future in regards to these options and the implications.

We are extremely mindful as to the impact on everybody’s emotional and wider mental health well-being with the ongoing restrictions remaining in place and we would welcome any suggestions from relatives that we could consider but preservation of life must prevail in any scenario.

In reality we need to be honest and highlight that until a vaccine is available, the risk to the residents remains high and poses ongoing risk to life if we do not maintain our approach, vigilance and determination to do all that we can.

Thank you for all the lovely messages of support we have received so far. As you may have seen on the website, we have started the ‘Thank You Heart’ for messages to staff from yourselves and others, which has already had such an impact on our staff whom we are extremely proud to call part of our wider Carlton Hall family. Please do keep your messages of support coming.

The following is written by Jo Edy, Unit Leader on the Courtyard and is a poem we would like to share with you that reflects all of the carers thoughts

My promise to you whilst you can’t be here,
is to care for your loved one you love so dear
To tell them every day your not far away
and ensure they are loved in every way
To read them the letter you lovingly wrote
or show them the photo on which they will dote
I promise to hold their hand when they miss your touch
or give them a hug when they miss you so much
So a promise to you I will carry it through
to love your family member especially for you

As always we continue to appreciate your support and assure of our ongoing commitment to the care of your loved ones.

Keep safe

Management and Directors

 


 

UPDATE – 30th April 2020

Personal Protective Equipment

PPE in Carlton Hall Care Village

We have been asked many times whether we have enough and the right kind of PPE in our Care Village, especially since all the recent stories in the press.

Like all Care Homes across the country, and indeed globally, we have found it difficult to source PPE in the quantities that we need and equipment that gives us the right amount of protection when dealing with contagion.

At Carlton Hall, the safety of our residents and staff, as well as the community, is of paramount importance. The amount of PPE supplied by the Government is insufficient and intermittent. If we suffer any suspected or actual Covid cases within the home or the bungalows, our usual usage of PPE would increase to 5500 items of each piece of PPE per week against a Government supply of 300 – 1500 at most. Consequently, as a company, we have had to supplement the supply to a considerable degree. In addition to the cost, which continues to escalate as the weeks progress, we have the equivalent of at least two members of staff working full time on just sourcing and purchasing PPE equipment to ensure the required level of PPE is obtained. We assure you we will maintain this effort to continue to have the correct levels of PPE.

We have also had kind donations of PPE from businesses plus a whole band of volunteer makers, using donated materials, to make further PPE supplies. We are eternally grateful for this ongoing and much needed support.

PPE includes Masks, Visors, Gloves, Scrubs, Surgical Gowns, Face Shields, Sanitisers and thermometers, as well as all our normal cleaning equipment.

On behalf of our 170 Staff and 140 Residents, we would like to thank all those who have given us advice, equipment, materials and/or their valuable time.

Thank you, stay safe, keep well and best wishes from everyone at Carlton Hall!

 


 

UPDATE – 27th April 2020

Dear Family and Friends

We hope you are keeping well and safe as all of society enters another period of lock down.

Carlton Hall as you know has now been in lock down since the 19th of March which was designed to be proactive in maintaining the safety of the residents in the Care Home and Bungalows as much as possible.

Alongside the lock down to external visitors you will be aware of the range of actions we have taken at various times including asking the residents in the Care Home to remain in their rooms if there was any increased risk.

The approach we have taken including isolation into bedrooms, whilst having been difficult for the residents and staff, has shown real benefit over the last week as we had a confirmed case of Covid-19 with one of the residents. We already had this resident in isolation following some concerns shown and were monitoring her closely. We subsequently admitted her to hospital where she tested positive for Covid-19. The resident has remained in hospital for 7 days and we are pleased to say that she is doing well and looks on the way to recovery which is great news.

We sent 12 staff home to self-isolate who had been in contact with this resident over the preceding few days, as a precaution, and most of them have not shown any subsequent symptoms. Those that had, were tested and have come back negative. We have had five other residents tested as a precaution following slightly raised temperatures, which we monitor twice daily for all residents, and they too have all come back negative.

Alongside this, we have had 3 residents admitted to hospital for unrelated reasons but on their return we implemented additional isolation procedures for them for an additional 7 days.

We had a member of staff test positive in an unrelated case. The staff member was self-isolating in line with our procedures re temp checking and by having a test we were able to gain confirmation and take the relevant actions to prevent any spread within the home. We are pleased to say she is now recovering well and looking forward to returning to work when she is able.

So whilst it has been a very difficult and worrying week, we are pleased to stress that we feel that the procedures we have implemented have not only kept any infection coming into the home at a minimum but when it has, we have maintained the mitigation approach of prevention of any further cross infection to other residents for the required 7 days in line with government advice.

It is clear that the actions we have taken so far have worked well in regard to prevention and mitigation so whilst we are very aware of the challenges the residents and yourselves are facing with the isolation and separation, it is clear we must continue this approach for the foreseeable future. As such we are starting to look at ways of how we can enable visits in the future that would continue to maintain the same level of safety for the residents and will come back to you in the next couple of weeks with our thoughts.

We are now able to have staff and residents tested on any symptoms being shown and thanks to the hard work, determination and sheer stubbornness of members of our team we have maintained the required level of PPE. You will have seen on our Website and Facebook page the wonderful donations and imagination used in developing alternatives to some ‘hard to get’ PPE items.

Last but by no means least, we continue to be indebted to our wonderful staff team and volunteers who have faced numerous challenges head on with determination, compassion for others and simple cheerfulness that has enabled us all as the Carlton Hall Family to remain well.

Thank you all again for your kind messages of support, understanding with the pressures being faced by the staff team and how you are dealing with being separated from your loved ones. We continue to do all we can in these trying times.

Management and Directors
Carlton Hall

 


 

UPDATE – 20th April 2020

Dear Family and Friends

We hope you had an enjoyable Easter with all the restrictions and understandable concerns being faced at this very difficult time.

There has, of course, been a great deal of press coverage around the situation within Care Homes over the last few days. This can be seen as a positive in that the Government is now giving greater priority to the needs within the Social Care Sector, ranging from testing and provision of PPE.

We have always been transparent with yourselves throughout this process and we are frustrated with the lack of testing within Care Homes and for Social Care staff. We are aware that there are discussions around introducing a drive though facility, within the local area, which Care staff will be able to access. Hopefully, this will be introduced sooner rather than later. There is also a need to test any suspected cases within care homes, which isn’t currently happening. The provision of PPE from Government sources has also been extremely limited, but they have now started to set up local distribution centres which will in time provide some products to Care Homes.

We are pleased to confirm that we do not have any confirmed cases of Covid 19 within Carlton Hall. We believe that this is due to the proactive approach and the preparation and actions we have taken. We have already purchased, a reasonable supply of PPE and will continue to do so to maintain this supply as we move forward. We will continue our robust approach, aimed at keeping the Virus away from our home.

We continue to

  • take temperatures of everybody entering the home,
  • quarantining all deliveries for 3 days,
  • refusing to accept anyone back from hospital without a Covid-19 test prior to discharge
  • anyone that returns from hospital or new admissions would be in self isolation for 7-14 days

We are now implementing the following actions

  • all staff will wear masks when interacting with residents – this is to assist in the reduction of the risk of transmission from staff to residents
  • we have set up several quarantine bungalows partitioned off within the grounds. We can transfer residents that are showing symptoms, if it is decided they are not to go into hospital. This allows staff to manage these situations by having an easier environment and a level of PPE that exceeds the current Government requirements, whilst at the same time dramatically reducing the risk of cross contamination to other residents, and also allow more individual care to those residents within the isolation bungalows.

The above actions are designed to protect our residents and staff, to the best of our ability, within the Care Home and the Bungalows within the Village.

We continue to encourage as much social interaction as possible, by using our lovely gardens and organising small groups in communal areas, whilst maintaining rules of social distancing. It is of course, impacting people’s emotional well-being, but this is the same for yourselves and every member of society. Please be assured our fabulous staff team are doing all they can to support your loved ones in all aspects of care that is needed whether that is physical or emotional support.

We have been able to maintain the same level of staffing, thanks to the actions we took prior to this impacting, and thanks to the staff that are available to pick up any shortfall in hours and working extra. We remain incredibly thankful to our team and the level of commitment they have shown at what is a challenging time for everyone.

Thank you again for your ongoing support and understanding

Directors and Management
Carlton Hall

 


 

UPDATE – 6th April 2020

Dear Family and Friends

Another week has passed and we are pleased to say that we currently have no identified cases of Covid-19 in the home. We realise the actions we have taken are having an impact on both the residents, and yourselves. However, we remain confident that the approach we are taking is based on ensuring safety for, and in best interests of, the residents in our care.

Thank you for working with us in regards to the delivery timescales and ask that you continue with this. The days are Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 8.30 am -10.30 am with fortnightly deliveries wherever possible.

We currently have 27 staff off, either self-isolating or having to take 12 weeks off, on the recommendation of their own health professionals. We are managing thanks to our fantastic team of staff that includes the carers, activity staff, domestics, catering/coffee shop staff, admin, maintenance and gardening team, who are all stepping up to face this challenge with one desire, to protect those we care for at Carlton Hall. We have currently cancelled annual leave, and we are providing required staffing levels by the wider staff team covering any shortfall.

We have detailed procedures in place to deal with any potential outbreaks of symptoms or confirmed cases of Covid-19. Our first and most important line of defence is to do all we can to prevent the virus entering the home. If it does, then we will look to prevent any further outbreaks by use of isolation together with the guidelines laid down by the national bodies. The procedures we have already put in place and those we have ready to use if necessary are above those that we received from central government this week as we continue to do everything we can to protect our residents and staff.

We, like all Social Care Providers struggled to obtain the appropriate levels of PPE but we do have the supplies to deal with any initial outbreak and now continue to source any potential stock by many different means to ensure this supply is maintained. If you or any contacts you may have are able to assist in the provision we would be delighted to hear from you.

Whilst the residents are continuing to self-isolate, in line with Government Policy, and we are free of any cases, we are facilitating regular exercise for the residents as well as organising small groups of residents meeting in the communal areas for either morning coffee, to watch a film or afternoon tea. These groups are fully compliant with social distancing guidelines.

We would ask for your continued understanding in only contacting your family member/friend by phone (unless it is their own line) once a week. The time taken in answering the call, taking the phone to the resident, retrieving it, is of course impacting on the staffs ability to provide the essential care at a time of increased demand and restriction on staffing levels.

With Easter next weekend, this would normally be a time for family ‘get togethers’, we understand the upset and anxiety of not being able to can cause. We will continue to maximise use of social media so that you receive a call/video message over the Easter period and thank you again for your understanding. Another idea which is working well is to email us on office@carltonhall.co.uk with any letters/photos to your loved ones as these can be printed out and given to them and so are easier and much quicker than post as they do not need to be quarantined for three days.

Lastly we would also like to take this opportunity to publicly thank our fantastic staff team who have shown strength of character, resilience and commitment, at a time of real concern and anxiety within society, they haven’t waivered in their commitment to your loved ones.

Kind regards

Directors and Management

 


 

UPDATE – 27th March 2020

Dear Family and Friends

Firstly, can we thank you for your understanding, patience and support you have shown over the last few weeks to what has been an extraordinary set of circumstances that the residents, yourselves, the home and the wider society has had to face.

Each day seems to present additional challenges and as such things never stand still but we are continually reviewing our procedures to keep pace with these and working hard to maintain deliveries, calls and wider contacting process.

This week we have had to implement the next stage of our protocols resulting in residents having to stay in their rooms due to a resident showing some symptoms that could have been Covid-19. It now seems likely that these were just linked to other health issues, their temperature has quickly returned to normal and the medical professionals confirmed that the person didn’t reach the criteria of requiring testing. However, as an additional precaution we have left the escalated protocol in place for a short period.

All residents continue to have daily attention from their care and support staff and in addition, the activity staff are undertaking walks out with the residents to ensure their physical/emotional well-being is maintained as best as possible in these very difficult circumstances.

This incident acted as a good practice for situations that may escalate in the future and as a company we were pleased to see that the protocols we have put in place worked extremely well. We had already been very proactive in obtaining the required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in case of an incident and we were commended by the Ambulance crew that attended for the procedures undertaken and the level of PPE that we had put in place.

We continue to do all we can to look after your loved ones and once again thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

Directors and Management
Carlton Hall

 


 

UPDATE – IMPLEMENTATION OF STAGE 3

Due to an escalation of suspected cases or individuals starting to self isolate the decision has been taken to close the site as of 4pm today (Thursday 19th March).

We hope you understand that whilst we would have liked to have kept open till Sunday this is now not possible.

We will be setting up Skype and telephone protocols over the next few days and we would ask for your patience.

We will keep you updated, be transparent in our approach and facilitate social contact as much as we are able to.

 


 

UPDATE – IMPLEMENTATION OF STAGE 3

As we enter the next stage of the Corona virus pandemic, it has become necessary to escalate our procedures to protect the well-being of our residents, your family.

Starting from Monday 23rd March 2020 we have taken the decision to lock down Carlton Hall Care Village. This will include closure of the Olive Tree Coffee House and confine the bungalow residents to the Carlton Hall Village site. The current restrictions on visiting 10am-4pm remains in force ending at 4pm on Sunday 22nd March 2020.

However during the next few days we would ask that you only visit if it is for an essential reason and if not then not to attend the site.

To protect life, we will be limiting access to the home, the only exception will be Staff, Clinicians and essential deliveries. This means you will not be permitted to visit your relative. We will be introducing Skype to allow you to see and interact with your family. You can also speak to them on the phone. Further information booking Skype calls and times for phone calls will follow in the next few days.

We will be increasing our hand sanitisers around the home, to minimise the spread of infection. We are training all support staff to enable them to assist in the home, should this become necessary. Staff attending the site will have to make daily declarations regarding themselves, and their families health and be temperature checked prior to entering the service.

From Monday 23rd March 2020 we will monitor all visitors to the site at the main entrance gate. The gate will be manned between the hours of 0645 and 2215, all other gates will remain locked. As bungalow residents will also be in lock down, they will be permitted to visit their family members in the Hall. Should a bungalow resident decide to leave the site against, our strong recommendation, they will be required to self-isolate for seven days in their bungalow, on their return.

We will continue to take advice from the Government and Healthcare professionals. Please be assured that we will endeavour to protect your family from Covid-19 to the best of our ability. This will be a very difficult time for residents, relatives and the wider staff team. We ask for your support and understanding in the decisions we have made, in the interests of preserving life of some of the communities most vulnerable citizens.

Your sincerely
Directors and Management

 


 

UPDATE – IMPLEMENTATION OF STAGE 2

As the Corona Virus has now begun to spread, we do NOT have any cases within our residents or staff team, however as a precaution for our residents we are starting to implement stage 2 of our protocol as follows:
Please be aware that with effect from Monday 16th March we are now:

  • Restricting all visitors to the home between the hours of 10am-4pm each day.
  • All visitors need to report to the main reception in the Orangery to be checked in. Please note that the access code to the other areas of the home have been changed so visitors cannot enter without first checking in at Orangery reception.
  • All visitors to the home that require access beyond the Main Reception to complete a simple questionnaire based on 111 guidance.
  • All visitors to the care home are required to use the hand sanitisers in the reception before proceeding into the care home.

The protocol will be progressed to further stages entailing further requirements or restrictions if and when the virus spreads. Each time we escalate we will inform residents and their families if any of the new requirements or procedures directly affect them. These may include further restrictions, temperature tests on entry to site, restricting movements between different areas of the site and care home and so on.

We all hope that these later stages will not be required but we have to be prepared just in case and we hope that you will be reassured that if matters do escalate with this virus then we are ready to escalate our plan of action accordingly.

Yours Sincerely

Directors and Management

 


 

Carlton Hall Care Village is presently free of Coronavirus.

However in the interest of, our residents’ well-being, Carlton Hall has drawn up, in conjunction with the NHS guidelines, a four stage protocol plan to deal as best as possible with any escalation of this virus outbreak.

Stage 1 of this protocol has already been instigated and includes requirements such as:

  • Increased stock of sanitiser products and related protection garments
  • Staff requirement to wash hands every half an hour
  • All visitors to the care home are asked to use the hand sanitisers in each of the receptions before proceeding into the care home
  • Increased supply of certain food stocks

The protocol will be progressed to further stages entailing further requirements or restrictions if and when the virus spreads.

Each time we escalate we will inform residents and their families if any of the new requirements or procedures directly affect them such as reduced visiting hours, temperature tests on entry to site, restricting movements between different areas of the site and care home and so on.

We all hope that these later stages will not be required but we have to be prepared just in case and we hope that you will be reassured that if matters do escalate with this virus then we are ready to escalate our plan of action accordingly.

Yours Sincerely

Directors and Management