On 12 October, the government made a further announcement regarding the latest plans to combat the increase in Covid-19 cases and hospital admissions.
The new approach means that local authorities are put into different COVID-19 alert levels (Medium, High, Very High) depending on the spread of the virus and impact on local NHS services.
As a direct result of the tiered approach and the changes in restrictions in certain areas, we have made immediate changes to our care services including closing our care homes to all visitors (family members, friends, and activity visitors) apart in exceptional circumstances. We have communicated this information to all individual residents and family members affected.
We are also planning for adjustments that would become necessary for our other services if restrictions change further and we will communicate any changes that we need to make either locally or across JRHT services.
As an organisation, we are continuing to maintain a number of safety measures including social distancing, hand hygiene and the wearing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect our residents and staff from the continued threat of the virus. We are also introducing a flu vaccination programme for all staff to further protect our residents and staff as we move into the autumn. We continue to test our staff for who work in 24 hour nursing and residential services care services weekly and undertake testing every four weeks for residents living in residential and nursing care services.
Balancing this, we recognise that, where possible, things must start to return to “business as usual” within COVID secure environments.
We are pleased to share a summary of the key services which have recently either restarted or reopened:
- Work on empty homes ready for re-lets
- Allocations, viewings, and sales
- Normal repairs services and annual modernisation programme
- Landscaping and maintenance services
- External estate visits and site-based visits
- Hairdressers (onsite for residents), communal facilities (at some sites) – library, activity/ music/jigsaw room have been reconfigured and reopened.
- Revised catering services within restaurants and coffee shops as public spaces
- Viewings and lettings of extra care properties
- Managed admissions into residential and nursing care and essential visits enabled
- Parks and children play areas including Homestead Park and Derwenthorpe
- Revised group activities at the Folk Hall and services at the Explore library in New Earswick
- The Post Office in the Folk Hall in New Earswick remains open
As you will be aware it continues to be a rapidly changing situation and we will continue to review all our services in line with latest government guidance.
We will communicate these through our website, social media and our JRHT e-newsletter.
Finally, we would like to thank residents and tenants for their continued support and we will continue to work tirelessly to keep you and our staff safe.
With best wishes
Chris Simpson, Executive Director