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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest Information

Update : Published 15th May 2020
We are delighted to say that Pingley Court remains virus free at this time – and we keep our fingers firmly crossed that our continued vigilance and hard work enable it to stay that way.

Hopefully there is light at the end of the tunnel and we will be reviewing our visiting policy again at the beginning of June. We cannot guarantee that everything will go back to normal straightaway. Restricted visiting may well be necessary to enable us to follow all the necessary guidelines to keep residents, staff, and yourselves safe.

In the meantime, our residents are being encouraged where possible to take part in activities or just carry on as they normally would.  

We are continuing to keep in regular contact with families via telephone, Skype or Facetime, and our Facebook page is regularly updated with lots of lovely photos of our residents.

I would just like to thank everyone for their continued support and generosity over this period of uncertainty.

Take care and stay safe.
Dawn (Manager) and the Pingley Court team .

Update : Published 10th May 2020
In line with government guidance, we will be remaining behind closed doors for the time being.

Thank you for trusting us with your loved one we will continue to be here for them and for you until a time comes when we can gradually and safely meet you all again.

Take care and stay safe.
Dawn (Manager) and the Pingley Court team .

Update : Published 24th March 2020
A message from Dawn Martin, Manager
As the UK has been instructed to stay home unless absolutely necessary  we want to reassure everyone that we will take care of your loved ones. We have a well stocked pantry, protective equipment for staff, and lots of activities planned.

We will endeavour to keep you informed of your loved ones health, continue to post photos of activities on our Facebook page, and use Skype as a means to remain in contact. 
So on behalf of myself and the team at Pingley Court
Stay safe. Dawn xxx

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the home by phoning 0114 5530008 or email dawn.pingleycourt@outlook.com

Update : Published 14th March 2020
We are sorry to announce that due to the change in guidelines, as of Monday 16th March we are on a total lock down and will not be allowing visitors into the home. Only Professionals will be allowed to visit for medical reasons.

Guidance : Published 13th March 2020
Further to previous discussions, we have now put strategies in place and we would like to take this opportunity to inform you of the steps we intend to take to protect our residents, staff and yourselves.

We appreciate that this is a worrying time for you as relatives, friends and staff and ensuring the safety of everyone in our home is of the upmost importance. Our aim is not to upset our residents but to work to maintain home life here at Pingley Court with as little disruption to them as possible.

We want to reassure you that we are following the government guidelines as well as putting in place our own additional procedures. Our directors are in close contact with Public Health England and will respond to any specific advice in regards to care homes as and when we are informed.

Visiting Pingley Court
We would ask in the first instance that if you are planning to visit the home, please consider whether your visit is absolutely necessary or if a phone call or Skype could be used instead to maintain contact with your loved one.

We would also ask that if you have visited another care home you avoid visiting to prevent the risk of carrying infection from one place to another.

If you have been abroad in last 14 days again please do not visit.

Do you have a cold, a cough or a temperature? If so, please do not visit.

Please do not bring in pets.

Outings to pubs/cafes
We would ask that you consider if the outing is completely necessary. We have a lovely community room which is at your disposal and a pleasant courtyard to sit in. We will ensure a constant supply of refreshments in the community room. Please help us keep you and your loved one safe.

We are closing our doors to unnecessary visitors
In order to limit the risk to our residents and staff we have taken the decision not to allow entry to unnecessary visitors. This is hopefully a
temporary measure and is purely a precaution at this time.

These visitors include:
Local school: Samba Smile
Activity Groups- Lucy and other external entertainers
Work experience/college students

External trainers
Suppliers – who will now deliver to the external doors

Under government guidelines, we will ask that you do not attend if you have any of the symptoms mentioned previously. Should you arrive with any symptoms, or you have been abroad recently we will refuse entry to protect our residents and home staff.

Next steps
Our next steps should the virus continue, will be to close Pingley Court to all visitors.

We understand that this will be a difficult time for everyone but we will do everything we can to keep you in contact with your relative by other means such as Telephone and/or Skype. We will continue to keep you informed should we take this step.

Infection Control
Visitors must use the toilet area on The Meers and The view to wash hands immediately on entry following the guidelines on the posters displayed and for a minimum of 30 seconds.

We also have a hand sanitiser unit set up in Reception. Please use this if visiting before washing hands to visit The View.

We are ensuring our staff take all necessary precautions as advised by Public Health England to prevent the spread of infection.

* Washing hands regularly after each task
* Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue the throwing it in the bin.
* Staff who are unwell have been instructed to take advice and will only attend work if instructed
* Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
* Regularly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces

We want to reassure you that we are planning contingencies for all aspects of care home life should the virus continue.

Meals
We will ensure that residents’ dietary needs continue be catered for should the kitchen staff be away due to illness. A number of our care staff have catering experience .

Staffing
Our staff are taking the Government guidelines, as well as our own policies for the virus, very seriously. Should any staff fall unwell, we have a local agency on hand to assist.

Activity Programme
We have plenty of activity supplies and will attempt to keep your relative as active as they have been. We will continue to post on Facebook to keep you updated as we have before.

We will do everything in our power to keep you updated so please watch out for further updates.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the home by phoning 0114 5530008 or email dawn.pingleycourt@outlook.com

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