Please find below the latest information we have on Coronavirus and our care homes.
Tips on visiting your loved ones again after lockdown
Several months apart is hard for anyone – but particularly the elderly and those in cognitive decline. That’s why we’ve produced some tips for making the visit go as smoothly as possible.
A message from Balhousie Care Group on the re-opening of our care homes
We’re delighted to be opening our doors again to visitors! We know it’s been a long few months for you and your loved ones. As you can appreciate, with the threat of COVID-19 still very real, it is vital the re-opening of our care facilities happens in the safest and most practical way possible. That will include a phased opening of our homes and, for now, garden visits only.
A message from Balhousie Care Group on end-of-life visits – 25 May, 2020
Balhousie Care Group has been working hard to formulate measures for how to take care homes forward in the next weeks and months. From Monday May 25 we are permitting visits from relatives to loved ones who are end of life. The visits will entail rigorous risk assessment as well as thorough infection control procedures during the visits. .
Thank you’s from relatives during lockdown
We’ve been overwhelmed with the messages of support and thanks we have received from relatives during lockdown. Thank YOU for thanking us. It means a lot.
9 tips to help you and your loved one through lockdown
Staying at home is hard for everyone – but especially if you’re a caregiver to someone who’s elderly or living with dementia. Here are some tips our own professionals are using in our care homes, to help you through the lockdown.
How to see your loved ones during lockdown
We’ve provided extra tablet devices in all of our homes to ensure maximum face-to-face communication between our residents and their loved ones. Are you connected yet? If not, follow these steps:
How to Skype – tips from wikihow
How to use FaceTime – follow these steps from wikihow
How to use Zoom – tips from wikihow
Age UK also has great advice for using everything from Skype to WhatsApp. Click here for more.
Coronavirus: A message from Balhousie Care Group 09/04/2020
This has been an extraordinary and emotional few weeks for all of us, and I wanted to write to convey my thanks to you for your cooperation with us at this time. As we continue to do as much as possible to reduce potential exposure of your loved ones to COVID-19, I thought this was a good opportunity to set out exactly what our procedures are.
Balhousie Care Group’s statement to relatives 11/3/2020
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL VISITORS:
Non-essential visits to our care homes are now suspended.
As you know, the health and safety of our residents is of the utmost importance to us at Balhousie Care Group. In the light of the current situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the daily changes to the government guidelines, we feel it is important for us to protect our residents and minimise the risk to them as much as possible.
For this reason, all non-essential visits to the care home are now suspended until further notice.
New Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for community and residential settings from Scottish Care 13/3/2020
13/3/2020 Social care and residential care guidance from the Scottish Government:
For common questions and advice for the general public, follow these useful links:
The facts about Coronavirus:
What is social distancing?
Coronavirus facts from NHS Scotland:
Health Protection Scotland:
UK Government COVID-19 guidance for employees:
Balhousie Care Group’s statement to media 11/3/2020
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: NON-ESSENTIAL VISITS POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
A spokesperson for Balhousie Care Group said: “The health, safety and wellbeing of our residents is of the utmost importance to us at Balhousie Care Group. Because of this, and in the light of the current situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are taking the precautionary measure of only allowing essential visits to our care homes. These include doctor and district nurse visits, essential deliveries and essential maintenance repairs.”