OVT Situation Update

Orchard Vale Trust’s focus is, as always, ensuring the very best for the Residents who live with us and for the individuals who use our Community and Day services.  From the start of the outbreak we have been adhering to the guidelines that are issued by the Government, NHS and Public Health England and we will continue to do so. Clear guidance has been issued to all staff based on current Government guidance and is updated regularly.

In light of the most recently issued guidance, we would like to update you on our continual planning and response in the face of the Corona Virus outbreak.

Our Community and Day Services remains closed and all footfall in our homes has been limited to only essential visits, which is carefully monitored and met with all necessary infection control measures and appropriate PPE.

Hand hygiene at OVT remains a key aspect to prevention, with stock levels checked daily, posters placed in all areas for visual queues and all staff and residents encouraged to be as vigilant as possible.

As well as hand sanitiser and hand soap, tissues are readily available throughout all our residential homes, alongside flip top bins to ensure all tissues are disposed of correctly. In light of this, all waste that is perceived as a potential threat or COVID-19 related, is disposed of in a specific manner and separate from any normal waste, as outlined by Public Health England.

Appropriate infection control is also in place, with specific rotas and schedules and intense cleaning regimes carried out by Registered Care Home Managers across all the homes.

Equally, our staff are supported at all times with adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure minimisation of risk. This is also disposed of in accordance to the outlined protocols.  Where members of staff need to self-isolate as a result of COVID-19 they will be paid as they would be for any other absence due to ill health.

As we know, the symptoms of COVID-19 include high temperatures of 37.8 or above and persistent coughing. In an effort to prevent and recognise infection, as well as to support our residents in every way possible, we are monitoring temperatures of all individuals, both in the morning and the evening. Where a concern is raised, temperatures are taken at more regular intervals for a more comprehensive insight into the wellbeing of those concerned.

Anyone displaying these symptoms is supported appropriately to self-isolate for a minimum of 7 days, until the individual is fully fit and healthy again. The self-isolation is managed as outlined in the guidance from Public Health England and follows all OVT professional care and support policies.

Family members are called immediately, and communication remains a vital element to all our efforts throughout this period. We understand the importance of keeping in touch with loved ones at this difficult time and hope to support this in every way we can.

We uphold regular revisions of the procedures we follow and ensure we comply with all guidance issued by the government, Public Health England and the NHS.

Throughout these uncertain times, our biggest effort lies in keeping our residents, day service users and our invaluable staff safe.

Corona Virus (COVID-19) and Orchard Vale Trust 

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Orchard Vale Trust’s response to the current situation 

Orchard Vale Trust’s focus is, as always, ensuring the very best for the Residents who live with us and for the individuals who use our Community and Day services.  From the start of the outbreak we have been adhering to the guidelines that are issued by the Government, NHS and Public Health England and we will continue to do so. Clear guidance has been issued to all staff based on current Government guidance and is updated regularly.

In view of the recent guidance issued on 16th March 2020 we have decided to put in place additional protections with our Residents.  We are minimising the risk of infection by limiting the footfall that is in each home.  We have closed Community and Day Services and we are ensuring that the activities that our residents’ access do not involve any contact with others in public places.

We are asking that family and friends stop visiting our homes and that technology such as phone, Skype and WhatsApp are used to speak to residents and staff.

We have always been careful with infection control measures and we have introduced additional cleaning schedules and controls to further reduce any risk.  All of our residents are now experts in the correct hand washing technique and singing Happy Birthday twice!

We have put plans and procedures in place to support residents with self-isolation should it become necessary and this includes the additional infection control measures which are involved.

The homes in Orchard Vale Trust are made by our dedicated and tireless staff and we are also concerned about their welfare.  Staff are actively encouraged to self-isolate and refrain from work if they feel unwell or have any COVID – 19 symptoms and they have been reassured regarding sick pay during this time.  We have also planned carefully to ensure that even if 60% of our staff were to be absent at any one time, we would be able to ensure safe and continuing support in all of our homes.  In addition our Central Office team has been reduced to facilitate the majority of the Central Support Team working from home.

We will update and amend all of our plans as the guidance changes and the situation both nationally and within the Trust develops.  We will provide regular updates, and individual home managers will be able to respond to individual concerns.

We know that this is an uncertain time for everyone, and that the changes that we are putting in place may add to that feeling, but we are aiming to keep everyone at Orchard Vale Trust as safe as we can.

If there is anything that you would like to discuss please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Chief Executive Liz Page – liz.page@orchardvaletrust.org.uk 

 

 

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But it hasn’t dampened our energy at Orchard Vale Trust.

September has been chockablock with outings, holidays and garden activities, not to mention all the new projects we have going!

 

August Newsletter

August has been really fun, filled with holidays, day trips and lots of great activities.

Check out the latest Newsletter filled with everything we have been doing for the past month!

 

July Newsletter

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Orchard Vale Trust.
East Court, Doctors Hill, Wookey, Wells, Somerset. BA5 1AR.

Tel: 01749 671706

Email: info@orchardvaletrust.org.uk

Registered Charity No. 326940

Company No. 1946592