June 2022 - Current Visiting arrangements
Thankyou all for complying with the guidelines up until this point. Guidelines did change quite frequently at times over the last couple of years and it has all been a learning curve for all staff at Meadowview. In April 2022 the guidelines surrounding visiting people in a care home changed again, this time quite significantly with many rules now scrapped.
The full guidelines can be viewed at:
The important points are:-
- Do I need to do a Lateral flow Test before my visit?
No, this is no longer a requirement. If you have tests and would like to do one before visiting by all means do but there is no legal requirement to. Visitors should not enter the home if they are feeling unwell, even if they have tested negative for covid-19 and are fully vaccinated. Transmissible viruses such as flu and norovirus can be just as dangerous to care home residents as Covid-19. If visitors have any symptoms that suggest a transmissible virus or infection such as cough, high temperature, diarrhea or vomiting, they should avoid the home until at least 5 days after they feel better
- Do I need to wear full PPE during my visit?
No, only a face mask is mandatory and must be kept on
- Do I need to book an appointment to visit someone?
No, this was helpful when Covid guidelines were stricter. At the moment it is not necessary
- Is there a time limit for my visit?
No, Visiting times were restricted when Covid guidelines were stricter. At the moment there is no limit to how long your visit can take place
- Are staff tested regularly?
Currently staff test twice a week before they attend work and also have tests available if they have symptoms
- Are Residents tested regularly?
No. Current guidelines state that residents should only be tested if they are showing symptoms
- What if a resident tests positive for Covid-19?
Residents who test positive for Covid-19 should isolate for 10 days and take part in Lateral Flow Testing from day 5. They can end self-isolation after receiving 2 consecutive negative tests 24 hours apart, or after 10 days isolation
- Will the home remain open to visitors?
We will try our best to continue to allow visitors however, if there is an outbreak (2 or more residents testing positive) we will close to most visitors
- If the home is closed to visitors can I still visit?
Yes, the current guidelines are that ‘Every care home resident should have one visitor who can visit in all circumstances (including periods of isolation and outbreak)’. In case of an outbreak each resident will still be allowed to have one visitor. This visitor must be the same person
Happy December to all our residents, families and staff
This is a time to look back and reflect on the past year. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the love and support you have shown us here at ‘Team Meadowview’. Without your co-operation and understanding it would have been difficult for us to prevail through the past 18 months of uncertainty.
Moving forward through the final months of 2021 and into the new year, We remain fully aware that the pandemic is far from over and we continue to follow the latest Government guidelines.
However, to promote the wellbeing of our residents and general peace of mind for their friends and families All our residents can nominate an ‘essential care giver’ who is able to visit in most circumstances even in the event of an outbreak so long as correct infection control procedures are followed. This is to help reduce the risk of isolation for our residents and to promote their wellbeing.
Please feel free to continue with your scheduled visits over the festive period. If there are new guidelines issued from the government we will endeavour to keep you updated but please be aware things can change very quickly.
We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and all the best for 2022
With Thanks From all the Staff and Residents at Meadowview
Firstly a Huge thankyou to you all for not visiting your loved ones over Christmas and the New Year period. It is never an easy decision for us to make when we have to restrict relatives and friends from visiting their loved ones in our home. Unfortunately we had to follow advice to protect all of our residents from the spread of coronavirus as much as we could and therefore stopped all visitors to the home.
As we all know, things have been difficult during this second wave, and staff have been working very hard to get things back to normal. We sympathize with relatives and families that have been affected, and thank you very much for all your support during these difficult times. I would also like to thank the staff for their hard work and resilience during these times.
Vaccinations have commenced and all residents will receive both doses within the next few months. After testing positive for Coronavirus you cannot receive the first dose of vaccine for a minimum of 4 weeks. We are working closely with our GP surgery and all will receive the vaccine when they can. Timing of the vaccinations is driven by GPs, but we are doing all we can to support what is proving to be an effective process. We recognise that both vaccines require a second dose before they are fully effective and as such, do not anticipate any significant changes to our current ways of working until the second dose has been delivered.
National lockdown: Government guidance currently states that for the safety of care home residents, no close-contact indoor visits can take place. For the moment we will be unable to support visits inside the home unless in exceptional circumstances. We will continue to update you as per Government guidelines.
Rapid Testing: We are being extra vigilant in monitoring our staff for signs of the virus using rapid result tests as well as PCR tests. Rapid testing will also be used to enable visits to the home as soon as we are outbreak free and when out of lockdown. Our regular PCR testing programme continues to safeguard residents.
Our number one priority remains the safety and wellbeing of everyone living and working in our home
Since the early stages of the pandemic, our team has been working to a pandemic plan which is updated regularly to reflect any changes to UK government guidance. This plan includes a range of measures aimed at both reducing the likelihood of new Covid-19 infections and reducing the spread of infections where they occur. Our key focus areas from this plan are included below.
- Our staff are following guidance around social distancing, respiratory and hand hygiene measures and the correct wearing of PPE.
- We have maintained a high stock level of PPE, cleaning and decontamination items and continue to source from multiple suppliers to reduce the risk of any future shortages.
- We have been taking advantage of all available testing, ensuring all staff have weekly Covid-19 tests and residents are tested at least once a month. This is in-line with government recommendations.
- We have introduced protocols to support family visits that, when possible under Government guidance, are as safe and enjoyable as possible for all involved. We are continuing to invest in new technologies to maintain family connections.
- We have appointed two senior staff as Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Leads to provide additional scrutiny and to support colleagues in their understanding of, and compliance with, our approaches to Infection Control, cleanliness and hygiene.
- Should there be a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19, the home will follow an Outbreak Management Plan which includes additional safety and IPC protocols. We also work with other organisations such as Public Health England, CQC, Local Authority and the Medical Team to ensure optimum care is delivered to the residents.
- While essential visits from health professionals and people repairing critically important equipment are still going ahead, we have measures in place to limit the number of non-essential people coming into our home. This includes a strong focus on reducing agency workers, ensuring our staff only work at Meadowview and postponing all non-essential visits.
- Our housekeeping teams are receiving additional support to deliver enhanced cleaning regimes using high quality decontamination equipment and hygiene products.
Our aim has always been to allow visits when possible. As before this will need to be by appointment only and social distancing must be maintained. All visitors will also have to have a Lateral Flow Test carried out before they can commence the visit. A staff member will need to take a small swab from your throat and nose. We will then need some details such as, DOB, First line of Address, Postcode, Email and Mobile phone number in order for us to register the test. In line with current government guidelines all Lateral Flow Tests must be registered online. A member of staff will do this for you. The result will show within 30mins. If negative, your visit can go ahead but PPE must still be worn. If the test shows you are positive you will not be allowed to visit and will be advised to return home and isolate.
We want all of our residents to be able to keep in touch with their family and friends as much as possible. There are several ways this can be done:
Letter – Please feel free to write letters to your loved ones at any time. We will ensure that they are given to them and if necessary a member of staff will read it to them. Our address is 48 Rack End, Standlake, Witney, Oxon, OX29 7SB
Phone – You can call the home at any time. The nurse in charge can update you on your loved ones condition. You can also talk to your friend or relative on the phone. We now have an answering machine. If your call does not get answered please leave a message and we will call you back. The number is 01865 300205. We also have a mobile phone number which can be used throughout the home. The number is 07554470908
Video Call – We have 3 tablets with Wi-Fi connection that can be used throughout the home. We can currently carry out video calls via WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or Skype
Facebook – We have a private page that can be found at www.facebook.com/meadowview.nursinghome.5.
Please feel free to send a friend request. This page will be kept updated with pictures and news
As soon as we are able to accept visitors to the home we will endeavor to let you know.
Thank you all so much for your understanding and co-operation as this difficult time.
Keep well and keep safe.
Sandra and the team at Meadowview
Thankyou very much for your patience and resilience during these trying times.
As you may be aware the government has now given us guidelines regarding vistors to Nursing homes.
We would like to inform you that we are now ‘Partailly Open’ to visitors but there are some strict guidelines that must be adhered to in order to keep our residents safe. We have up until now remained totally free of the Coronavirus here at Meadowview and now more than ever we must be especially careful. Our residents health and wellbeing remains our very top priority.
- In order to be able to visit your friend or relative you will need to make an appointment with the home.
- Only one member from one household is permitted to visit once a week in a controlled environment
- The visit should be kept as much as possible to 30 minutes only
- Please note that you will be asked some health questions and must sign a declaration before your visit commences
- You will also be required to have your temperature checked and must wear a mask for the duration of the visit
Thank you all for your kind thoughts, messages, gifts and above all the encouragement and support you have all shown over the last few months.
Our residents have missed seeing their loved ones and we have all missed seeing you but please lets be safe and practice social distancing
Sandra and the Team at Meadowview
Thank you to you all for not visiting your loved ones over the past few months. It is never an easy decision for us to make when we have to restrict relatives and friends from visiting their loved ones in our home. Unfortunately we had to follow advice to protect all of our residents from catching the coronavirus as much as we could and therefore stopped all visitors to the home.
I personally wanted to reassure you that we are doing all we can to continue to support our residents at this concerning time for us all.
Our priority will always be our residents who are most vulnerable and who now more than ever need our continued support.
As you can imagine we are monitoring the coronavirus situation daily and are in regular contact with Public Health England, Oxfordshire County Council and the NHS and are doing all we can to maintain the health and wellbeing of our Residents.
Over the last month we have completed testing of all our residents and staff for infection of Covid-19. It is with great pleasure that I am able to say, as of today we currently have no positive cases of Covid-19 in any of the Residents or Staff
This is fantastic news and a credit to the hard work and efforts of our staff as well as the compliance of relatives and friends not visiting that has helped to protect our residents. This of course doesn’t mean the threat of Covid-19 has ended and we will remain diligent to its potential dangers. We are fully aware of how quickly things can change, particularly with the easing of lockdown restrictions and the potential threat of a second wave of the virus.
Following the relaxing of lockdown rules in England on 1st June, we felt it was important to confirm that our no-visitor policy will remain in place at this time. While the Government changed the guidance for people in the shielded group, they stated that the instructions to care homes have not changed and the advice to not visit still stands. Our no-visitor policy will continue alongside these guidelines.
As the rules change in other parts of life we understand that the desire to visit your loved ones becomes even stronger and it is our aim to allow visits as soon as we are safely able to do so. However, this will only be the case when we are sure the risks to our residents are minimised, as we are conscious that due to the vulnerability of the people in our care any decisions taken in haste now could have a terrible impact later down the line. I’m sure you will understand our thinking behind this and we appreciate the patience and support that you have all given us throughout the Covid-19 outbreak
We will continue to review our visiting policy and for the time-being our home will still be closed to visitors. As some aspects of life are starting to return to normal, it remains to be seen how this may impact future infection rates of Covid-19. With the people in our care so vulnerable to the virus, we feel the most sensible course of action is to monitor any developments over the next few weeks and review our policy in line with this. At that point, should the infection rate remain low and the risks reduced, we will look to implement socially distanced visits for our residents. If there are any further concerns over the safety of these visits then it is likely we will remain closed until we can completely satisfy these.
We have had several enquiries about visits over the last few weeks and I know how much you are all missing your loved ones, so I want to assure you that this decision has only been made in their best interests. Contact with loved ones is important for all of our residents, but only if it does not put them at any risk. It is vitally important that we do not relax our measures too early, as this will undo all of the good work we have undertaken to protect your relatives and loved ones. By being patient and waiting a little longer we can ensure we start to return to normal in the safest possible manner. I thank you once again for bearing with us as we work together to put our residents safety first.
Thank you for your ongoing support at this very difficult and unprecedented time. You have made a difference in some very vulnerable peoples lives.
Take care, stay safe and thank you for your support and understanding.