Coronavirus update 17 March

Following the daily Coronavirus briefing by the Government yesterday afternoon, it is clear that the Government is now stepping up their efforts to dampen down the spread of the virus.  It is encouraging that the Government has now explicitly declared that the protection of vulnerable and elderly people is a priority. This had been sadly lacking until now and we will have to see if and when this translates into specific support for care homes such as ourselves – none has been forthcoming so far and so we have been working on the basis that for the moment we are reliant on our own efforts.

All of us are being asked to minimise social contact and travel to the essential, as well as persisting with regular hand-washing. We think this measure is sensible and somewhat overdue. Doing so protects yourself and prevents the transmission of the virus to other people.

Those over 70 and people with existing health conditions are specifically asked to effectively self-isolate for a period of three months. Clearly our residents are in that category and last week we suspended visits to Rose Lodge to the absolutely essential and this will continue going forward.

There has been some panic buying by consumers for both hygiene and food products. We have diversified our suppliers and stepped up the purchasing of those items to ensure continued service. We expect this to be a temporary challenge as the supply chain catches up with the temporary increased demand for goods. As far as I can see the problem is not with the supply chain itself which is largely operating, but over-stocking by consumers. We are expecting the Government to put pressure on the major retailers to prioritise people that are self-isolating us and this will help.

Clearly this is a rapidly changing situation which will affect all our lives and the Rose Lodge management team is coordinating on a daily basis to make sure we stay ‘ahead of the curve’ and so minimise the infection risk to our residents and staff, as well as making sure that, as much as possible, the daily lives of residents continue as much as before.






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