In the ongoing battle against Coronavirus, we have maintained a number of processes you would expect to see, as well as implementing a number of further safeguarding measures that go over and above, to ensure Leycester House is one of the safest care homes in the country.
We call it our 8-point protection plan:
Our already-thorough hygiene & cleanliness measures have been reviewed and enhanced through the purchase of a state-of-art Lotus Pro Cleaning System that safely converts cold water into a stabilised ozone and as such a powerful sanitiser and cleaner to ensure our home is COVID secure.
Through the creation of a dedicated COVID Steering Group including a PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Lead, we have ensured we have ample stock levels of appropriate equipment for all our staff team, our residents, and their relatives for the immediate future.
On top of twice daily ‘soft testing’ including thermal temperature and well-being checks, we are one of only a small number of care homes in the country to have secured regular mass testing on a weekly basis for every one of our staff team, and on a fortnightly basis for all our residents.
This rigorous COVID-19 testing process enables us to track and report on data trends with clear guidelines on steps to take should there be any positive results or adverse spikes in the data.
On top of all mandatory ‘Control of Infectious Diseases’ training that our staff undertake annually, all the key team have had ‘Enhanced Infection Control’ and specialist ‘COVID-19 Awareness and Control’ training. This ensures that awareness of our residents safety and well-being remains at the forefront of everything we do.
Family and Friends being able to visit safely and to socialise with their loved ones, is core to their well-being, and is something we have been working very hard to achieve during lockdown.
We already have an online scheduling system for families to book individual time slots to visit loved ones safely in our gardens, and we are soon enhancing this experience by taking delivery of secure Visiting Pods to ensure these essential visits can take place round the clock regardless of the weather whilst maintaining a safe, distanced and comfortable visit.
Regular Contact with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Ensuring we are adhering to the Care Quality Commissions Emergency Support Framework.
Segregated floors and units within the home to ensure no staff transfer across the home and that residents mix in small socially distance groups.
Our wellbeing team are offering a full range of specialised activities to ensure residents remain physically and mentally stimulated. Over the last few months these have included Virtual Art Classes, Quiz Evenings, and Baby and Toddler groups to keep the generations connected. We have held socially distanced Zumba, Crazy Golf, Boules, and Darts to inspire mental stimulation as well as physical, and Berkley Care Group is one of the first care home groups in the country to have purchased Power Plates for each home and have a partnership to create bespoke exercise programs that ensure mobility and muscle strength continues to be encouraged even for those having to isolate in their own rooms.
Enabling our residents to connect with their loved ones in a safe and comfortable environment has been our number one priority during the pandemic.
Which is why we are delighted to introduce the brand new Leycester House CareLodge.
We understand that booking a short term break or long term stay in a care home is daunting at any time.
Families often have lots of questions and can understandably feel anxious. Our experienced care teams are here to help you with the transition and put your mind at rest.
During the Covid-19 pandemic there are lots of new processes we all have to adhere to, but our aim is to still welcome you or your loved one into our home as seamlessly and comfortably as possible.
At all times we strive to enrich the lives of those we care for, their families and our staff.