Making Space and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Content updated: 25/03/2020 - We want to reassure you that whilst we are doing our best to keep life as normal as possible for the people we support, we are also taking additional measures, following the advice of Public Health England, to ensure people’s safety.
Here at Making Space, our first priority is always the people we support, their family and carers and our colleagues.
Our teams are already well versed in infection control and we have clear processes in place to prevent and contain infections amongst the people we support and our teams. However, we are not complacent about the coronavirus outbreak, or the potential risks.
Visiting our residential care homes/services and registered services
We currently do not intend to close our services to visitors - contact with loved ones is such an important element in people’s lives and where we can we should not isolate them unnecessarily.
However, to greatly support our efforts to protect the people we support we have put in place some restrictions on visitation and ask that careful consideration is given before visiting.
Please delay your visit to our services if:
- You feel unwell. This is especially important if you have a fever, a cough, shortness of breath, high temperature or other flu like symptoms. Please visit the NHS website for the full list of coronavirus symptoms, you can also check if you have Coronavirus symptons using NHS 111 Online. If you do have these symptoms, following Public Health guidelines, you should also be self-isolating for 14 days
- You have recently returned from any country on the government’s high-risk list, please avoid all visits until further notice. Check Gov.UK’s list.
- Have come into contact with any one potentially having the virus i.e. anyone already quarantined
- Your visit is non-essential
Our teams our always on hand to assist with telephone/video calls, letter or email communications so you can stay connected. Please contact the service manager to discuss how we can help facilitate this for you, or if we can help in any other way.
Visits from local services that would usually form part of our social activity schedule have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. However, socialisation will continue to be an important aspect of daily life, with our teams ensuring that people have as much social interaction and entertainment as possible.
Essential medical visits will continue to be made, and our staff will ensure that any visitors that do visit are aware of interim visiting requirements.
If you decide to visit
Having considered the above information, if you are still planning a visit, it is important that you take every measure to do so safely.
During your visit:
- The most effective way of preventing transmission is to wash your hands with soap and water and we ask that all visitors do so as soon as they enter the service. You can read more about NHS handwashing advice
- We also recommend using hand sanitiser with at least a 60% alcohol content and to do this before entering the home, especially after using public transport
- Please cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze and put used tissues in the bin immediately
- Our teams may ask you questions about your health and any contact with possible sources of the coronavirus before you come into the service/home
Reducing the risk
Our teams are closely observing residents for respiratory symptoms including elevated temperatures and are fully aware of the protocol they should follow should they suspect a case.
We are confident that our colleagues have the knowledge, skills and resources to minimise the risk that coronavirus presents to our residents.
Community and outreach services
We are working closely with our community services and other local providers to continue providing support in the community wherever possible, following the latest guidance from Public Health England.
Although we have had to scale back our face-to-face support, we can still support you in various different ways, including:
- Welfare telephone calls/checks
- Emotional support over the phone
- Support with errands
- Help co-ordinating medical support
Support available will vary from service to service depending on different circumstance - so please speak with your service manager/team leader directly.
How to stop coronavirus spreading
Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:
- Shopping for basic necessities
- One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
- Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
- Travelling to and from work, but only where this cannot be done from home
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus:
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- Wash your hands as soon as you get back home
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Keeping you up to date
We will continue to monitor all government advice and update our approach in accordance with the latest recommendations. Please do check this page regularly as it will be updated to reflect any development or change to our guidance.
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