With restrictions easing what is the future of care and Covid-19 safety measures?

On August 16th, 2021, Covid-19 restrictions were eased across the UK, with the need to wear masks now not mandated by law in England. With the new easing, we look at what the current guidelines and restrictions are for England and what this means for our live-in and visiting carers. Put simply, Good Oaks Home Care has taken the decision to keep all our Covid-19 safety restrictions in place for the foreseeable future – our measures go above and beyond those recommended at the beginning of the pandemic by both our industry and the Government. We are proud of our track record of keeping people safe and will continue to implement these protocols for the future.

You can read more about our Covid-secure working practices below and how we are helping our carers and clients feel safer and more confident.

What are the current guidelines and restrictions for people in England to protect against Covid? (As of September 2021)

On August 16th the advice from the Government changed:

  • There are no limits of how many people you can meet.
  • Facemasks are not legally required but are recommended for public transport. Shops and businesses can still ask you to wear them as part of their requirements of service.
  • 1m social distancing guidance has been removed.
  • Night clubs have reopened and there are now no limits on the number of people for weddings and events.
  • Restaurants and cafes are no longer table service only.
  • Limits on visitors to care homes have been removed.
  • If you are a fully vaccinated adult and have been in contact with a positive Covid case, you do not need to self-isolate.

For all the current Government guidance on Covid restrictions, please visit the Gov.uk website, here.

What Covid-19 restrictions and precautions are Good Oaks Home Care following?

Since the start of the pandemic, Good Oaks Home Care has put in place Covid-secure protocols to keep all our carers and clients safe. We will be keeping these in place for the foreseeable future to minimise any risk to our clients or carers. These include:

  • Use of full PPE - including masks, face shields, gloves and aprons
  • Hand-washing protocols and training
  • No team meetings to limit potential infections
  • Extra cleaning of shared and frequently used surfaces
  • Covid-19 Risk Assessments
  • Daily temperature checks and weekly PCR Covid tests
  • Working from home or socially distanced for head office team.
  • Covid-safe pick-up service for when our carers need to collect more PPE supplies
  • Carer support service where they can instantly get in touch with the team online to flag up any additional client needs.
  • Enhanced services for those who are self-isolating or are immune compromised, such as regular phone calls, shopping trips, and picking up prescriptions where needed.

You can read our full Covid-Secure Promise here.

Will this change in the future?

Not for the foreseeable future. While we are hopeful that as a country, and a global population, that we will be through the pandemic soon, our first priority is to keep our clients and carers safe and healthy. So, we will be keeping our Covid protocols in place for the foreseeable future.

I’m interested in finding out more about live-in or visiting care for myself or my loved one, but I’m worried about Covid – what should I know?

First of all, we understand your concern – the last 18 months have been tough and concerning for everyone. Please know that we provide Covid-safe protocols that go above and beyond both Government and industry guidance. All our carers are trained in Covid safety and wear full PPE - you can read about our award winning care during Covid here. We provide enhanced live-in care and can isolate with clients, so they aren’t alone or without help when they need it the most. If you would like to talk to us about how we can help you, please call us on 01202 757787.

I’m interested in applying to be a Good Oaks Carer – what support and help does Good Oaks Home Care give its teams to protect them and the people they care for?

At Good Oaks Home Care, we believe that the special people we work with are our biggest asset – so we want to invest in you and your future career. This means excellent rates of pay and the opportunity to grow your skills and advance your career if you wish. With us, you will receive full training across all areas of care and especially with regards to Covid-secure care. You will always be supported with access to our team and advice online at all times. You will be given all the training and PPE you need to feel safe, happy and confident in your role – and you will get an amazing sense of helping your community. You can read the experiences of two of our carers, Phillipa and Ellie, who joined us at the beginning of the pandemic – here. Good Oaks Home Care is currently hiring for roles across the UK, so to find out more about a career with us, please visit careers.goodoakshomecare.co.uk

The Good Oaks Home Care difference.

At Good Oaks Home Care your health and happiness are our priority. We know the last 18 months have been tough and there is still a lot of concern even now we have an almost fully vaccinated population. We moved quickly to implement a Covid-secure plan that went above and beyond Government and industry standards, to protect our clients and carers to the best of our ability. This is something we are incredibly proud of, and we will be keeping these protocols in place for as long as they are helping to keep everyone feeling confident and reassured. As we say, we have no plans to change them anytime soon. If you would like any information or a free call to talk through the care needs for yourself or your loved one, please call us on 01202 757787. If you’d like to find out about a career with us, please visit careers.goodoakshomecare.co.uk

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