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Coronavirus – UPDATE

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16th October 2020 

IMPORTANT CORONAVIRUS UPDATE FOR VISITORS TO
BIRTLEY HOUSE AND MEWS

Further to our previous online communications, we wanted to assure you that we continue to review the situation on a daily basis, taking into account all new information and making changes where necessary. Since June we have been enabling visits from Residents family members and loved ones. These have been a great success throughout the summer and we are well practiced for going into the winter months. New ventilated areas within the home have been identified for dedicated visitor spots, as we are unlikely to have much use of the outdoors due to the cold weather. We will continue to arrange visits wherever possible by prior arrangement, and we are looking into the possibility of an online booking system for this service. For now, we continue to suspend all of our Day Club services.

Regarding new admissions: We are pleased to be able to continue admitting new Residents safely. Upon admission however, there is a strict 14 day isolation policy.

We have adapted very well to the new way of life at Birtley, and although some things are restricted or otherwise, we are fortunate to have a lot of space in the house, where we can continue our activities and small social gatherings at every opportunity. We have fully embraced technology this year and other creative ways of enabling our residents to keep in contact with their families, via Facetime, Skype or other similar means. If families can provide a suitable tablet or device this would be very helpful as we have a limited number of our own devices and this has become a very popular way for our residents to stay in touch with their families.

Our primary concern at Birtley House and Mews must be to our residents and staff and to the reduction of the risk of contraction and spread of Coronavirus. We thank you for your continued understanding to date and we very much appreciate all the support we have received from family members and residents. 

In the event of staff shortage, we have also successfully recruited extra staff, so that we are ready should a more serious situation present itself within the home. Other jobs continue to pop up so please head to our job opportunities page for more information.

Once again thank you for your continued support and understanding in these challenging times. 

Sylwia Indycka, Registered Manager