Over the past few weeks, the government has made further announcements about the approach to coronavirus including the introduction of the compulsory wearing of face coverings (indoors), changes to the furlough scheme, easing of shielding and most recently the rule of 6 (no more than 6 individuals to meet either inside or outside excludes workplaces and schools).
They have also added local lockdown restrictions in specific areas in the country. This sends a clear message that Coronavirus is still a real threat within our society especially to those who are elderly or vulnerable.
As an organisation, we are continuing to maintain a number of safety measures (including social distancing and the wearing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect our residents and staff from the continued threat of the virus. And in our residential and nursing services weekly testing for staff and 4 weekly testing for residents.
Balancing this, we recognise that things must start to return to “business as usual” within COVID secure environments. Our teams have been working hard over the past months to implement this. Our care support and services have been working throughout.
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
- Revision of our visitor’s policy for residential and nursing care
- 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.
As you will be aware it continues to be a rapidly changing situation, over the coming weeks, we will continue to review the restart of more services in line with latest national 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