INFORMATION TO ALL VISITORS & RESIDENTS – Bellavista Cardiff Issue Date: 25 August 20
ENHANCED MEASURES & CONTROLLED VISITING ARRANGEMENTS
We were warmed by the announcement made by the government last week to ease lockdown and begin visiting from 29th of August within the nursing home. As this announcement is only guidance this change will still be subject to our confirmation and at present we believe the best way to continue forward temporarily is to continue with the Gazebo visits this is solely to ensure the protection of our residents , staff and the visiting relatives and professionals . Please bear with us whilst we continue to review the visiting restrictions over the coming weeks , the home still remains free of any positive confirmed cases and symptomatic cases and we believe if we continue with our current arrangement hopefully this can remain. We understand this is difficult especially for yourself and the residents who are unable to leave there room but please be assured we will be reviewing this in due time and your family/friends are receiving the best possible care and support and our activities teams are available for Skype Video calls please email email@example.com to book. Please be advised appointments in the garden Gazebo will continue as appointment only and the same rules and procedures that were applied previously maintain.
Infection status of our homes:
Currently all of our homes are COVID-19 free. Our goal is to be able to keep the homes free of infection and manage infection control measures, social distancing and visiting so that we can sustain this status and slowly re-introduce more of the features of normal life.
Our homes remain open to admissions as usual and we are following the current guidelines issued from the public health authorities to ensure the wellbeing of all. It is important we continue to support the healthcare system and individuals who require a safe care environment.
We will continue to keep this policy under review and provide updates as appropriate. Your understanding is very much appreciated by all our staff and once again thanks for all your support in continuing the safety of all residents and staff at Bellavista.
Updated : 11/06/2020
Important update about Covid 19 from Bellavista Nursing Home Cardiff .
Dear all Family Members and Friends of Bellavista.
Thank you for all your support the past three months, it has been a difficult time for everyone. We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your co-operation and support during our period of lock down, we understand how difficult it will have been to not to see and spend time with your loved ones. We are proud to say that we are surrounded by a professional, skilled, dedicated, and compassionate team who are willing to put the care of our residents first. We have been truly humbled by seeing everyone work together using their expertise, and positive attitude to do the right thing. Our activities team have been working endlessly to ensure all family members have still maintained contact with their loved ones, either via video call or chat, if you have been unable to take part in a phone call or skype call please call us and we will be happy to arrange. We are so proud of all our staff at Bellavista who have gone above and beyond the past few months in support of this pandemic and would like to give them massive thanks and show our appreciation for their commitment. As you are aware we did have confirmed cases of Covid 19 in our Cardiff home, but we are delighted that the procedures we have put in place, such as an isolation unit, strict infection control procedures and quality care have been effective in limiting the spread of infection ,keeping our residents and staff members safe: however we sadly have lost few residents over the last few months to the pandemic and other natural causes and they are in our thoughts and prayers, we are confident the situation with in the home is stable now and we can look at moving forward in the near future. We have started to have enquiries into visiting at the home. Please be advised our visiting restrictions still remain the same at present, we will look at slowly easing restrictions when we are advised it is safe to do so by the Public Health Wales, local authority and Health Board. We hope to have an update on this in the coming weeks.
Infection control & Personal Protective Equipment:
We can assure you that we continue to take the appropriate precautionary measures to limit the risk of the coronavirus spreading in our care home, and we act swiftly each day, ensuring that we are up to date with the latest guidance and advice published by the Government and Public Health Wales.
Infection control is still very much at the heart of minute by minute work in the homes. Before the pandemic, we already had strict control audits for managing outbreaks of any respiratory virus or infection, and as more has become known about the Covid-19 virus we have followed new recommendations from Government and Public Health Wales, immediately communicating with our staff about appropriate PPE, hand washing and sanitisation of facilities .We are also keeping on top of our Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies with daily stock checks and orders to ensure that our staff team have access to everything they need to work and care for our residents in a safe way
We are overwhelmed by all the wonderful gifts and letters of support from family members, community groups and schools. We thank you for your continued support and cooperation as we move safely through this pandemic.
Please keep in mind that until advised by home manager, current visitor restrictions will remain in place.
Maintaining a Safe Environment:
We continue to implement a number of measures to keep a safe environment for our staff and residents. As you will know, we were one of the first care groups to restrict non-essential visits to our care homes and put this in place prior to the Government advising it. In addition to maintaining this restriction, some other key initiatives include:
Once again Thank you for all your support and we look forward to hopefully being able to see you all at some point in the near future. If you have any questions or queries please do get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org
Update on – March 20th 2020 :
Update from Bellavista nursing Home Barry & Cardiff:
We understand that the recent news regarding the growing number of COVID 19 (coronavirus) cases is worrying, particularly for those of you with loved ones living in our Barry and Cardiff Nursing Homes .Please be assured that residents’ health and wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do at Bellavista and that we are treating this situation with the utmost seriousness. We would like to assure you that we have no suspected cases within the home and this measure has been taken for prevention and to protect the vulnerable adults in our care .Our expert staff teams are already well versed in infection control and have robust policies in place to prevent and manage infections among residents and staff members. We also have a dedicated Action Team responsible for monitoring the situation daily and updating the guidance and advice we give to residents, their loved ones and our staff team. Regular updates will be made available in writing and on this webpage and facebook page as and when required. Life will continue as normal in the home.
We would like to thank everyone for their patience, understanding and goodwill in helping with our move to minimise non-essential visits at our homes
What we are doing in our Homes:
As a responsible provider of care, Bellavista nursing homes is continually monitoring GOV.UK and Public Health Board for advice about COVID-19. This includes following specific guidance for those in nursing and residential settings. At Bellavista Nursing Home we have decided to implement the following steps to help protect our residents as per the gov advice :
Due to the increase in Corona virus confirmed cases in the Cardiff area and for the safety of our residents our Cardiff and Barry home are still closed to visitors and will be until further notice.Staff and health professionals will be allowed entry. We would like to assure you that we have no suspected cases within the home and this measure has been taken for prevention and to protect the vulnerable adults in our care. Additional measures have also been put in to place within the home. If there is an emergency a decision on entry will be made in exceptional circumstances.We do understand that this may cause some emotional angst, but please reflect on the longer-term implications and the well being of our residents, you are welcome to ring the home at any times to be provided with updates or to speak to residents on the phone
Support for our residents and relatives and staff
Bellavista Nursing Homes is providing regular updates, reassurance and support to our all staff and fa email address for queries regarding COVID-19. if you have any questions or concerns, please contact by email email@example.com or phone 02920494447( Cardiff), Barry (01446743983) .We will continue to update and keep you informed, as local NHS and Government guidance changes.
Many thanks for your Support during this tim