Updated August 2021
DEVONSHIRE DURING COVID
The Devonshire has been one of the luckier care homes during this unprecedented global crisis. Although we, as the rest of the UK and the world, are not out of the woods yet, we continue to navigate the challenges. We are pleased to report that all our Residents have been vaccinated.
As we face new variants of this pernicious virus, which has already affected all our lives so drastically, we continue to ask all staff, job applicants, families, visitors, suppliers, service providers and professionals attending the Devonshire (and also the general public) to get vaccinated as soon as possible. If not for themselves, then for their parents and grandparents!
The Devonshire will continue to follow Government Guidelines and continue testing before entry for all.
Please contact Smith or Donna if you have any questions.
ADMISSIONS DURING THE COVID PANDEMIC
Respite Support for Family Carers
We are providing respite relief for families struggling with the care of a loved one living with dementia during Covid, so that family carers can take a much needed break without any worry. Minimum stay is two weeks. Call Care Manager Smith on 020 8949 0818 to discuss possibilities, alternatives and your safety concerns.
FAMILY COMMUNICATION AND VISITS DURING THE COVID PANDEMIC
We have helped our Residents to keep in touch with their family and loved ones via Skype, WhatsApp and video calls. Our annual reviews with families have taken place via Zoom.
We have had regular weekly contact with families and are also at the end of the telephone line for any daily concerns.
Visiting in person is being revised regularly in line with government guidelines.
Arrange a visit
We are following government guidelines, when possible we are doing showarounds cautiously in full PPE. You will be asked to enter the home via the Day Centre. Your temperature will be checked and you will be asked a few questions regarding whether you have travelled abroad, or have symptoms. Covid lateral flow test will be carried out before entering the care home. You will be asked to go through our decontamination process. You will be required to leave all your personal belongings and outer wear in this area and put on full personal protective equipment that we provide – mask, gloves, shoe covers and apron – for your own safety and the safety of our Residents and Staff. You will be escorted through the process by a senior member of staff or member of the Management Team.
Our Residents' Advocates Meetings was held on June 28th, 2021. Thank you all for attending.
2021 Residents' Advocates Meetings are scheduled for
- March 16, 2021 (Venue: Held on Zoom) 5pm
- June 28, 2021 (Venue: Held on Zoom) 2pm
- Sept 24, 2021 (Venue: on Zoom) 2pm
- Dec 07, 2021 (Venue: Hopefully in person) 2pm
Please call Jola on 020 8949 0818 to receive your Zoom link.
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WEDNESDAY COFFEE MORNING AND SINGING GROUP
We are Zooming, singing, chatting and following government guidelines
We are keeping up with each other and meeting on Zoom. The singing isn’t always completely successful but it’s nice to see and hear everyone. Please let us know if you need a device on loan or help zooming in. Please call Jola on 020 8949 0818 to find out more and register.
Regretfully, Devonshire Dementia Day Centre remains closed. We are encouraged to see the availability of Rapid Lateral Flow testing and the rate of vaccination are improving and look forward to open when government guidelines allow. We hope to soon announce a date when the day centre can re-open.
Our new HELPLINE
We are proud to say we have now launched our advice and support helpline for families struggling with the care of their loved ones living with dementia during the Covid-19 pandemic.
If you’re struggling with care during Covid-19 pandemic – call the Devonshire Dementia Help & Support Line. Available weekdays 9am to 5pm.
FRESH AIR DRIVES
We are following government guidelines and when we can we are encouraging all Residents to participate in a fresh air drive.
For more information on Covid and Dementia visit the Alzheimer’s Society.