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The latest on testing, vaccines and visiting

There have been a series of developments over recent weeks as the Government has continued the rapid rollout of its vaccination programme and shared a roadmap for the easing of lockdown restrictions. We continue to liaise closely with the NHS to ensure vaccines are administered across our homes and villages as quickly and seamlessly as possible, whilst continuing our commitment to keeping everyone safe. In line with latest Government guidance we are welcoming visitors to our care homes once again, where it is safe to do so and with the necessary precautions to keep your loved one, you and our people safe.

Home and Village Managers will be in touch with families to share local updates.

Visiting a care home

One nominated person can now visit their family member in their bedroom, once a week, where the home is COVID-clear. A care home is classed as COVID-clear if there has been no outbreak or positive tests for a full 28-day period following any outbreak.

Designated visiting rooms (also known as pods) are also available for visitors who would prefer not to take a test or for other family members who would like to visit their loved one, where there are no cases of COVID-19 in the home. These rooms are the most secure option for minimising any risk of infection, and we have made them into warm, cosy spaces for you to comfortably visit your loved one.
Outdoor visits from two people, who must be from the same household can be arranged too.

We have now introduced essential care givers for exceptional cases, where we believe a resident’s health and wellbeing could be improved by having a relative undertake this responsibility. Our Home and Village Managers will be able to share more information about this.

Government guidance instructs that any home that has two or more positive cases of COVID-19 within a 14 day period is required to close to in room and designated visiting room/pod visits until the home has no further positive tests for a full 28 day period. In these instances, we will facilitate window visits, as well as regular phone and video calls to keep residents connected.


Testing and safety in our care homes

For reassurance, we continue to be fully enrolled in the Government’s regular testing programme for residents, staff and visitors. This currently involves multiple tests per week, to give us a clear picture of the COVID-status in our homes and allows us to take swift action if there are any changes. We also continue to apply strict policies across our care homes and villages including increased cleaning, infection control and the appropriate use of PPE.


How we’re keeping our residents safe from COVID-19

Bupa Buddy

Shielding or self-isolating can be a very lonely and boring experience. So we created Bupa Buddy, a new service to make sure every elderly person has someone to chat to − about anything at all.

This service is open to all elderly people, not just our care home residents. They don’t even have to be a Bupa customer.

Frequently asked questions

Yes, where required, residents will be taken to medical appointments by a member of staff or can be accompanied by a family member.

Residents attending hospital will be requested to wear full PPE and may be required to self-isolate on their return. We are also supporting residents to undertake remote appointments wherever possible.

No, unless the resident’s specific care needs mean they need to be cared for in bed, they are able to use the facilities around the home. We are taking additional measures to prevent the spread of infection in the home and encourage our residents to adhere to social distancing.

If a resident displays symptoms or are confirmed with the virus, they are cared for in their room, away from other residents, by our staff using the appropriate personal protective equipment.

Our staff and activity coordinators have programmes of activities that the residents can participate in. We are limiting the group size and offering more one-on-one activities with residents in line with social distancing measures.

If you do not have any symptoms of the virus, and the home or village is able to meet your needs, we may be able to assist you in finding a Bupa home or village (dependent on availability).

If you’re thinking about care, it can be difficult to know where to start. Our customer care team can guide you every step of the way, whether you have questions about care or need advice on funding. Please call us on 0345 600 4622^.

For more information on choosing a care home, please visit - https://www.bupa.co.uk/care-services/choosing-a-care-home

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The safety of our residents and people continues to be our priority. We have clear standard operating procedures and are maintaining strict infection control and social distancing measures in line with Public Health guidance to keeping residents safe. If a resident displays symptoms or is confirmed as having the virus, they are cared for in their rooms, away from other residents, by our staff using the appropriate personal protective equipment.

In line with the latest Government advice, one nominated person can now visit their family member in their bedroom, once a week, where the home is COVID-clear. All visitors will be required to take a lateral flow test (LFT) and receive a negative result for the visit to go ahead.

Designated visiting rooms (also known as pods) are also available for visitors who would prefer not to take a test or for other family members who would like to visit their loved one, where there are no cases of COVID-19 in the home. These rooms are the most secure option for minimising any risk of infection, and we have made them into warm, cosy spaces for you to comfortably visit your loved one.

Government guidance instructs that any home that has two or more positive cases of COVID-19 within a 14 day period is required to close to pod visits until the home has no further positive tests for a full 28 day period. In these instances, we will facilitate closed window visits, as well as regular phone and video calls to keep residents connected.

We know the importance of time with loved ones and will do everything we can to facilitate visits, while keeping residents and colleagues safe. We are facilitating visits in line with national lockdown guidance. One nominated person can visit their family member in their room once a week following a negative lateral flow test (LFT) result. Alternatively, visitors can visit their loved ones in the designated visiting rooms or pods which have floor-to-ceiling screens along with an intercom for residents and visitors to speak with ease. These rooms are the most secure option for minimising any risk of infection, and we have made them into warm, cosy spaces for you to comfortably visit your loved one. For both of these types of visits to take place the home must be COVID-clear, which means there has been no outbreak or no further positive tests for a full 28-day period following any outbreak.

Government guidance instructs that any home that has two or more positive cases of COVID-19 within a 14 day period is required to close to visits until the home has no further positive tests for a full 28 day period. In these instances, we will facilitate closed window visits, as well as regular phone and video calls to keep residents connected.

In exceptional circumstances such as end of life, our home and village managers will contact relatives to manage visits. Please be assured that all the necessary measures will be taken to minimise any spread of infection.

Yes, we are welcoming new residents into our homes seeking care.

We have a new ‘meet and greet’ process for a new resident upon arrival, in line with government and Public Health England guidance. The new resident will receive a warm welcome by our staff on arrival to our home, wearing the necessary PPE, who will make them comfortable in their new home. All new residents will receive expert care in their rooms for 14 days following admission by a small dedicated team wearing the necessary PPE, and new residents joining us directly from hospital will also be tested prior to discharge.

Once out of the 14-day in-room care period, our staff and activity coordinators have varied programmes of activities that residents can enjoy. Our staff will continue to wear PPE at all times. We are limiting the size of group activities and offering more one-on-one options to meet the necessary social distancing measures.

Yes, we are taking part in the Government’s whole home testing programme, with all our homes and villages carrying out regular testing for residents and colleagues. This currently involves multiple tests per week using both PCR tests and Lateral Flow Tests (LFTs), to give us a clear understanding of the COVID status in each home or village and allows us to take swift action if anything changes.

Where a resident tests positive, the resident will receive expert care within their own bedroom, from a small dedicated team using full PPE.

Should a staff member test positive, they will immediately self-isolate away from the home.

The government’s regular testing programme is carried out in our homes/ villages by a member of staff.

We strongly believe that testing is essential for managing and limiting the spread of infection in our homes and villages, and will take all the necessary precautions to keep our residents and staff safe.

As there is currently no evidence of immunity from COVID-19 following an initial recovery, we can only allow visits to be conducted following the procedures that are in place for that home/village.

If you are a resident’s nominated person for in room visits once a week, you’ll be required to take a lateral flow test (LFT) with a negative result for the visit to go ahead. In line with Government guidance, every visitor must register the negative test result on gov.uk before the visit takes place.

Our teams will take all the necessary measures in line with Public Health’s guidelines to ensure the continued care and safety of our residents. If a resident displays symptoms or tests positive for the virus, they are cared for in their rooms, away from other residents, by our staff using the appropriate personal protective equipment.

The Government led COVID-19 vaccination programme is currently being rolled out across the UK. The programme is being led by local authorities and the NHS and our teams in homes and villages are informed when and how they can access the vaccine.

We’re helping to inform our residents and their families about the vaccine and what it means for them, as well as supporting our staff to access the vaccine. We are pleased that the majority of our staff and residents have received the first dose of the vaccine and second doses are currently being administered. We continue to liaise closely with the NHS to ensure vaccines are administered across our homes and villages as quickly and seamlessly as possible, whilst continuing to strictly follow all government and Public Health guidance to keep everyone safe.

Keeping our residents and our people safe is our priority. We have always had the necessary PPE required, allowing us to follow the strict guidance from Public Health. All homes have been supplied with appropriate levels of stock and our in-house procurement team is ready to source further supplies of PPE, such as hand sanitiser, masks and gloves, as needed.

We are committed to closely following government and Public Health guidance at all times. As per the latest guidance, our staff wear personal protective equipment at all times.

All our staff practice good hand washing procedures and have the necessary personal protective equipment in line with guidance from Public Health. We are also following strict infection control measures in all our homes and villages and have put protocols in place to ensure no movement of colleagues between sites.

The government’s regular testing programme also gives us greater assurance of the COVID-status in our homes. Should a staff member test positive, they will immediately isolate away from the home.

In addition, we ask our staff not to travel to and from our care homes in their work uniform, with all homes having dedicated areas for staff changing.

Where possible, staff are assigned to specific units/floors to minimise their movement and spread of infection in a home or village. All our staff practice good hand washing procedures and are trained to use the necessary personal protective equipment in line with guidance from Public Health. We are also following strict infection control measures in all our homes.

Please be assured that as part of our resource planning, we have ensured there are enough staff to take good care of our residents.

It is really important that everyone at Bupa feels supported. Our Anytime Healthline provides around-the-clock support for physical health concerns, for use by colleagues and their families, while our Healthy Minds helpline provides free and confidential access to trained mental health nurses, 24/7. The team can also offer information and support on financial and legal matters.

We offer Emotional Wellbeing Online – an interactive digital tool to support colleagues with emotional wellbeing and life balance. We also have a range of financial resources in place to help our staff, including an emergency fund.


For more general questions about how we’re responding to the coronavirus:

Expert advice and tips from our
COVID-19 articles and videos

Our videos and articles take an in-depth look at the coronavirus, offering straightforward insights and advice from our own medical experts.

There are also lots of helpful tips for maintaining physical and mental health during the pandemic.

What we’ve been up to:
highlights from our care homes

Over the last few months, it’s been a real team effort between our residents and staff to keep spirits high and make everything feel as normal as possible.

Here are just some of the activities and events that have been happening in our homes recently. To get ongoing updates, please also follow the relevant care home on Facebook.

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