Family and Friends letter: 21 October
Letter from OSJCT Operations Director Mike Stredder about visiting.
Dear family member, loved ones and friends,
We all understand how important regular contact and visiting between residents and their loved ones is. After last year, where we faced numerous restrictions, we are pleased that much more visiting can now take place. I am writing to ask all our visitors to be mindful of the risk of inadvertently bringing winter viruses into one of our homes.
On occasions care homes are asked by Public Health England to restrict visiting when a home has two or more positive cases of COVID-19 or several instances of another serious disease such as respiratory viruses, and we are keen to minimise these events. Therefore, when you are preparing for a visit to your loved one, please consider whether you are feeling unwell, for any reason. Please postpone your visit if there might be a risk that you have symptoms of any infectious diseases. As our residents are the most vulnerable in our society, even minor coughs and colds can develop quickly into more serious conditions for them.
If it is necessary to postpone or rebook a visit appointment, please be reassured that you will be able to book another visit as soon as you are well or ask for a video or voice call which our homes will be happy to organise for you.
Thank you to everyone who has already had their flu and COVID-19 booster vaccinations, as these are important steps which help to protect our residents and employees.
I would like to thank you personally for your patience and understanding during this time and would like to reiterate that we at The Orders of St John Care Trust are totally committed to the loving care of all our residents and colleagues.
With best wishes
From 11 November prospective residents and family members who visit an OSJCT care home in person must show evidence of vaccination or medical exemption on arrival.