The first priority at Cherry Lodge Rest Home is always the safety of our residents, staff and visitors in our Home. With the annual threat of norovirus or influenza, our Managers are already well versed in infection control and have clear processes in place to prevent and contain infections among both residents and our staff. However, we are not complacent about the coronavirus outbreak or the potential risks it may pose for older people.
We want to reassure you that, whilst we are doing our best to keep care home life as normal as possible for residents, we are continuing to assess the situation nationally and locally, and to put in place measures to reduce the risk of the virus inadvertently being brought into the home.
Temporary restrictions on visits
As residents in our care homes are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19, we have taken the difficult decision to temporarily suspend all visits from relatives and friends. . We do not take this decision lightly, but feel that reducing all but vital visitors to our homes will help protect the health and safety of residents. We recognise that will concern some people, but we do ask for your support. If you feel your personal circumstances warrant a visit, please speak to the Home manager first.
Our intention is to follow public health advice to determine when visits will return to normal, which means that as things currently stand, our initial estimate is that these restrictions may be in place for up to 12 weeks or longer.
We will continue to do our best to support our residents to keep in touch with families via phone and video calls.
If you are looking for long term care, please contact our care support team on 01883 341471 who will be pleased to help you.
We may still be recruiting for the home, but will be moving any recruitment interviews off site. If you are scheduled for an interview for this home, please contact the person who arranged your interview for further details.
Guidelines for approved visits
While we will do everything we can to update this information, please call the Home before planned visit, just in case anything has changed.
If you are feeling unwell or have flu-like symptoms including coughs, raised temperature, shortness of breath, please do not visit the Home for at least 14 days.
If you have been abroad to one of the areas affected by coronavirus, or have been in close contact with someone who may have been exposed to the virus, please do not visit the Home. .
If you are still planning a visit due to exceptional circumstances, it is important that you take every measure to do so safely.
Always wash your hands and use the hand sanitisers that are by the front door and installed around the Home. .
When you arrive, our Manager will confirm your visit and will question you about your health and any contact with possible sources of the coronavirus before you are allowed to enter.
We have introduced temperature checks upon arrival to ensure any visitors to the Home do not have a temperature potentially bringing the virus into the home.