The health, safety and well-being of residents, visitors and team members remains our number one priority. We have worked closely with Public Health and implemented guidelines in line with best practice. Our aim is to protect our residents, visitors, and team members, from infections including coronavirus whilst ensuring that our residents remain connected.
What we are doing:
During this pandemic we have implemented robust safety measures, cleaning processes and adapted our environments to minimise the risk of spreading the virus.
Our residents and staff have successfully completed their vaccination programme. We are all aware that the vaccine does not prevent the infection, but it limits it’s effects on the body. Throughout this year, we have taken all possible steps to contain, delay and mitigate the spread of the virus in our homes. However, with the sustained increase in community cases, the risks of the virus being introduced to our Homes is once again significantly higher.
We need to maintain robust protocols to reduce the risk of Covid -19 from re-entering our homes. If two or more residents or staff test positive for Covid-19, we are obligated under Public Health regulations to suspend visiting for a minimum of 28 days. To reduce the risk of further infections, and further visiting restrictions, we are one of the few nursing home groups in the country to facilitate Rapid Antigen Testing for all visitors. This simple on-site test ,known as a lateral flow test, provides results within 20 minutes and offers peace of mind to all our residents, their families and visitors. We are delighted and extremely grateful for the support we have received from our residents and their families regarding this additional safety measure.
Vigilance for any known signs of the virus, and screening residents for variations in body temperature and blood oxygen saturation levels which are early signs of an infection.
- Regular PCR testing for all staff.
- LFT for all visitors and visiting team members.
- Installation of sanitising stations for entrances to our homes and in all team areas.
- Using a UVC Robot to assist with decontaminatination to assist in maintaining strict infection control processes.
- Provide plentiful supply of PPEs. All staff trained in robust Infection Control measures
- In addition to this standard training, all FirstCare managers and staff are currently training in a QQI award in Infection, Prevention and Control.
Visiting hours and booking systems
In house visiting has now resumed in every home. For those who would prefer window visits, we can continue to facilitate these visits in our purpose-built gazebos.
Please contact our individual homes for booking visits.