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Call for urgent government action on care home testing

Call for urgent government action on care home testing

Leading national care homes group Kingsley Healthcare is urging that the government delivers on its promise to roll out regular Covid 19 testing to all care home staff and residents. Ministers had pledged to have sufficient test kits available by the summer for all care home staff to be tested weekly and residents monthly. Eugene Nyamande, Director of Compliance at Kingsley Healthcare, national top 20 large care home provider, said: “The government’s plan was designed to ensure that care homes have a test and trace mechanism in place to minimise the risk of an outbreak affecting the most vulnerable members of our society.

 

Re: Governments Safe Visiting to Care Homes

Re: Governments Safe Visiting to Care Homes

I hope you and your families are keeping safe and well and enjoying life getting back to some sort of normality. I am sure by now you would have seen the news regarding safe visiting to care homes that the government announced yesterday. As you can imagine the guidance contains various provisions, as attached to this, and I have set out some of the key points below, and also I refer you to the government website;   

 

Family visits resume at Spring Lodge after lockdown

Family visits resume at Spring Lodge after lockdown

Emotional family reunions have been taking place after Spring Lodge finally re-opened to visitors last week. A cautious easing of the lockdown has been allowed after the latest coronavirus tests showed the home is completely free of the virus. Home manager Jose Simoes said: “We are delighted to welcome back relatives, they are part of our Spring Lodge family. “Everyone has shown fantastic patience and understanding in waiting for this day to arrive. It has been a very difficult and emotional time and our thoughts are with all those who have lost loved ones in the pandemic.”

 

Downham Grange staff serve up support to local community

Downham Grange staff serve up support to local community

Staff at Downham Grange care home were so touched by the generous community support they received during the coronavirus lockdown they wanted to give something back. So for three weeks running, they delivered home-cooked lunches to elderly residents in Wade Wright Court, a sheltered housing complex in Downham Market.

 

Kingsley takes part in national trial of digital technology

Kingsley takes part in national trial of digital technology

Kingsley Healthcare has been taking part in a national trial to test the use of digital technology for communication in care settings. NHSX, the digital arm of the health service, has partnered with Facebook for the pilot, using the Facebook Portal device. All of Kingsley’s care homes around the country have been given the device so residents can keep in touch with their family during the Coronavirus lockdown.

 

Kingsley protects care home staff and residents with 12 month stockpile of PPE

Kingsley protects care home staff and residents with 12 month stockpile of PPE

Kingsley Healthcare has secured a 12 month stockpile of PPE (personal protective equipment) for the protection of its care home staff and residents. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the group has spent more than £400,000 on masks, face shields and other protective equipment, ensuring that its homes across the UK have a constant supply. Kingsley CEO Daya Thayan said: “There has been widespread reporting about the availability of PPE in care homes. Kingsley is proud that as an established top 20 large care home group we have made sure of availability to all our care homes from the outset of the pandemic.

 

Downham Grange hosts exercise class using Zoom

Downham Grange care home invited local pensioners to shape up after the coronavirus lockdown with a virtual seated exercise and mobility class. Certified group fitness instructor Joe Hardy led the session with staff and residents of the Kingsley Healthcare home and people from the local community joined in via Zoom and Facebook Live. Ms Hardy, who has previously worked as a dancer and fitness instructor on five-star cruise ships, said: “Laughing is the best medicine and it’s great to make fitness fun for everyone.  

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