Our Covid-19 Policy
How are dealing with Covid-19.
The pandemic has been a struggle for everybody. Unfortunately, Cedar Lodge has not escaped its fair share of challenges.
But despite the gloom it has brought, we have been buoyed by the immense fortitude of all our residents; as well as the kindness of our families and local community.
Everyone has rallied round. And we’ve been so touched by all your flowers, letters, and calls of support!
If you’re considering care, you’ll naturally have worries about the risk posed by Covid-19.
And while we can’t guarantee you won’t be affected by Coronavirus, we will do everything possible to keep Covid-19 out of Cedar Lodge.
On this webpage, we’ll tell you all about the actions we’ve taken to achieve this.
We hope that this trying chapter will soon be behind us. We’re happy to confirm that all our residents have received their two jabs against coronavirus and relevant boosters.
So watch this space. As care in the time of coronavirus is ever evolving.
In a few months time – this page may no longer be necessary. But until then listed below are the measures we’re taking to protect you and your loved ones from Covid-19.
If you’d liked more information about what we’re doing, call us today on 01386 293 033 and Rupert will be delighted to help with any questions you may have.
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Care Home Visiting & Trips Out
We’re delighted that we’ve been able to resume in-person visits at Cedar Lodge.
Visiting slots are available each day in our garden and on our terrace for residents to meet their loved ones. We kindly ask that you phone ahead to book, however we will do our best to be flexible to your schedule. There is no need to test or wear PPE during outdoor visit but social distancing remains in place.
Residents can also receive visits inside the care home. Most take place in Cedar Lodge’s grand Georgian drawing room. For indoor visitors, we encourage you to take a lateral flow test on the morning you are due to come to Cedar Lodge – but please note that testing is no longer mandatory. We do however ask that you wear a mask and maintain social distancing during your visit.
Trips out from Cedar Lodge are welcomed too. We use a risk assessment matrix to ascertain whether or not the trip out is a low, medium or high risk. Low-risk visits require no quarantine for a resident upon their return to the home, whereas medium and high risk outings do. To gauge the risk, we look at a range of factors including: how many people will be present, where the resident is going, whether there will be any testing beforehand, and what mode of transport is being used. However our staff are well experienced in this process and will help you make safe choices that reduce the risks involved, whilst ensuring residents can go out as freely and regularly as they wish.
Virtual visits are also possible through our Skype home cinema. Streamed over a big, easy-to-watch screen that’s operated by our care home manager Rupert, residents are able to catch up with their loved ones from the comfort of our drawing room.
Finally, residents can choose an additional person to act as an essential care giver. Essential care givers are subject to higher levels of testing and PPE training. However, they will be able to visit the home more freely to provide companionship and to help with a resident’s care needs, even should there be a Covid-19 outbreak.
How are we controlling the Infection?
At Cedar Lodge, our staff wear masks at all times. When delivering personal care, the team will also don gloves and aprons.
Traditionally, good care revolves around touch, friendly smiles and close listening.
We’d be lying therefore if we didn’t admit that the need for PPE – and social distancing – hasn’t thrown a few obstacles in our path.
Nevertheless, our staff have gone above and beyond this year to instil a human touch into every act of care they provide.
Whether that’s wearing a broad smile which even a mask can’t hide, or running Covid-compliant activities to keep everyone’s spirits up.
You can check out some of these here by reading our blog.
On a macro-level, we have re-engineered the layout of our home to better protect residents if we did suffer an outbreak.
And as a further precaution, we test staff for Coronavirus twice weekly.
If you or a loved one decide to move into Cedar Lodge, you can rest assured that the infection controls we have in place have been inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for best practice. Click to see our infection control compliance report.
And while we’re hot on our controls, we never lose sight that this is your home.
As in this not-so-normal time, keeping life as normal as possible for our residents has never felt more important.
What is our Covid Council?
At the start of the pandemic, we quickly realised that we needed buy-in from every member of our team to weather this health crisis.
We therefore decided to bring together a ‘Covid Council’ – made up of both staff and management.
We meet on a regular basis to discuss the latest guidance issued by the government and various bodies: like Public Health England, Worcestershire County Council and the NHS.
We think about how their guidance affects our home. And how we can improve our measures that we already have in place to become more Covid secure.
At Cedar Lodge, anyone on our care team can join the Covid Council. As everyone has a role in our home’s protection.
And it’s worth protecting.
The wartime spirit shown by all of our residents throughout the pandemic has acted as a humble reminder of how Cedar Lodge is such a special place to be.
If you’d like more information on our measures to protect against Covid-19, call our friendly care team today on 01386 293 033.