You will of course be aware of Corona Virus and the effects it is currently having across the world. As a preventative measure to protect our residents and staff as much as possible Athena are asking visitors, including family members and friends, to stop routinely visiting our care homes until further notice.
We have not taken this decision lightly and appreciate this may cause discomfort, but feel that this is a necessary step to take at this time. We would like to reassure everybody that we are fully adhering to guidelines set out by Public Health England with regards to Corona Virus.
Some of our residents are vulnerable to the virus and therefore we need to minimise any risk as far as is reasonably practicable. We will work hard to ensure that our residents and relative / friends are able to make contact with each through other means such as skype, face time and by telephone.
All external entertainment has been cancelled and relatives must speak to the general manager before making any non-routine visits.
Our doors will be locked and for anybody requiring an emergency visit you will be required to complete a screening process of self-declaration and hand sanitising before being permitted to enter the home. We reserve the right to refuse admission to our care home if this criteria is not successfully met. Professional visits will be monitored on an individual basis.
We can confirm that we have been in contact with our suppliers to ensure our residents have adequate arrangements in place for food and medical consumables.
We will update our website as and when changes occur, this can be found at www.www.athenacarehomes.co.uk. Health Chiefs expectation is that the virus will peak in around a fortnight and then we will be better placed to know the true effect of the virus in our home counties.
We are sure you understand why we have taken this difficult decision and thank you for working together with us, your support is very much appreciated. Please be assured that we are doing everything we can to keep your loved ones safe and well.
Athena Care Homes (UK) Ltd