Coronavirus Update 14 March

The Coronavirus infection is unprecedented and so we have to make difficult decisions based on incomplete information and considerable uncertainly about how the infection will develop.

We are keeping updated not only with UK government advice but also the World Health Organisation and the actions of other Governments around the world.

The UK government is coming under criticism over it’s ‘keep calm and carry on’ policy which some have described as a ‘survival of the fittest’ strategy which will affect the older population dis-proportionally.

While the UK government understandably needs to balance Public Health concerns with concerns for the UK economy, we have a clear and simple objective which is to safeguard the lives of our residents and staff.

Last Monday we suspended all non-essential building work and suspended social activities involving non-core staff. We have also suspended visits by prospective residents and their families.

I want to be clear with you that preservation of life will, for the moment, take priority over quality of life.

From Thursday 12 March we have stopped all routine visits by friends and family members. Any exceptions to this in extraordinary circumstances will need to be authorised by our Manager and will involve special precautions during those visits. We have also suspended our day care service.

Many of you are already aware of our new measures and you have been very understanding and supportive, and we thank you for this.

We appreciate that these measures will cause distress to you and we will do what we can to make sure you remain in contact with your loved one, through phone and Skype.

We will keep our measures under daily review and we will relax them as soon as we consider it safe to do so.

Going forward, we will put in place an isolated reception room where any new residents can be cared for while keeping existing residents safe.

Peter de Groot

Nominated Individual for Rose Lodge.

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