From Geraldine Gilpin, CEO
The entire team at Abbeyfield & Wesley has been actively engaged in planning and taking appropriate measures to deal with the challenges of Covid-19 so that, as best we are able, we can safeguard our residents and staff. The official government advice has been monitored closely and implemented as it comes through.
Visiting restrictions have eased from 06.07.20, however, as the Health Minister noted when announcing this "..we must remain mindful of the risk of this virus and as such virtual visiting is the preferred option where possible." We understand how heart-breaking it is not being able to visit loved ones, but if the advice is that this provides protection, then it is a sacrifice which has to be made. We will continue to facilitate garden and "window" visits and will consider ways visits inside can be made safely whilst maintaining social distancing. We would ask that you please follow the guidance for visits including making appointments, maintaining strict social distancing and observing infection control measures such as hand washing and sanitising. Should there be any changes in the pandemic surge level we will follow government guidance and may have to again restrict visiting. For further information on visiting guidlines, click below. Thank you so much for your understanding and abiding by this measure.
Staff are to be praised for the exceptionally hard and challenging work they are doing to ensure our residents are cared for. They have really appreciated all the supportive messages from relatives and friends and thoughtful acts of kindness.
The central office may be closed, but we are working remotely so that all essential matters are dealt with. You can still use the central office phone number (028 93363558), email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact.
Do look at the Abbeyfield & Wesley Facebook page and our regular Lockdown Extra newsletter. Residents and staff have been enjoying some "distant socialising" and we are all finding ways to keep connected during these very unusual times.