Coronavirus management in our Trust

At The Disabilities Trust, we continue to take the risks of coronavirus very seriously, and are doing everything that we can to keep the people we support safe. We are taking every possible precaution to minimise the risk of infection.

We continuously follow all government guidance closely, and update our policies and procedures in order to provide the safest and best care for the people we support. You can read more about these below.

Visitors

This guidance applies from 8th March and applies to our care homes and hospitals.

Each person will be able to nominate a single named visitor, who will be able to enter the care home for regular visits (these will need to be pre-booked). There following sets out the processes that need to be followed to ensure safety during visits.

All visitors will:

  • Be tested using rapid lateral flow tests before every visit
  • Wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Follow all other infection control measures provided by the service during visits.
  • Be advised to keep physical contact to a minimum.

Outdoor visits can be supported for other friends and family, with prior arrangement and following the current guidance.

Please note that visits will not be permitted in the case of an outbreak in the service.

Our process is based on the latest government guidance; the full publication can be read here.

Admission and Discharges

We will continue to admit people to our services. However, as it is recognised that some people we admit may have COVID-19 but be asymptomatic, we will ask all people to isolate in their rooms for the first 14 days of admission. They will continue to be supported by our skilled teams to minimise any effects of these requirements.

Discharges from our services may be delayed in current circumstances. However, we will ensure this is minimised by continuing to complete individual risk assessments and work in the best interests of the people we support.

Our aim is to continue to maintain safety and minimise risk of coronavirus to the people we support, their families, and to value and support our staff in these challenging times.

Home leave

We regret that in order to adhere to the government advice, we continue to temporarily stop home leave. This has been an incredibly difficult decision to take, but something we must do to manage the exposure of our people to the virus and keep them safe.

We are encouraging a busy schedule of in-house activities, whilst observing the principles of social distancing, and making sure that the people we care for are as happy and comfortable as they can be during this difficult time.

If you have any concerns or would like to ask us any questions, please contact us by emailing Covid.Helpdesk@thedtgroup.org

23/03/21