COVID-19 Precautions

As a precautionary measure to protect all Erskine residents, all Erskine Homes closed to all but essential visitors on the 15th March 2020.

The current situation, as at 30th November 2020 is noted below – essential visits will continue irrespective of any other restrictions in place.

Outdoor visiting, for up to six people, from no more than two households is supported at the Erskine Park Home, once per week.  This visit, which can include children and young people can last for up to one hour.  Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be worn by all visitors throughout the visit.  Indoor visiting was suspended by Public Health on the 2nd September due to the prevalence rates across Greater Glasgow & Clyde area.

There is currently no visiting at The Erskine Home, Erskine Edinburgh Home or Erskine Glasgow Home, as advised by the Public Health Teams covering those a Homes.

Visits from people in different (Scottish Government) Tiers.  There are no restriction on visitors coming to an Erskine Home from a different tier area, taking account of the Home restrictions noted above.

Gifts for residents living in any of our homes are welcome.  It is however preferable, where possible that these gifts are sent to the resident ahead of time to allow staff to isolate the gift for at least 72 hours.  Where this is not possible we would ask that gifts are isolated at home prior to being brought in and that the gifts are wiped down before being wrapped.

It would be our strong preference that flowers, in cellophane, were not sent to any of our Homes as we know the virus can survive on hard/shiny surfaces for up to 72 hours. We realise this is a theoretical risk, however as we all have the well-being our residents/relatives at the heart of what we do we think it is a risk best avoided.

We will support digital interaction with our residents as much as possible e.g. Zoom, FaceTime, Skype etc.


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7 responses to “COVID-19 Precautions

  1. Does this mean that volunteer befrienders should discontinue visiting for the foreseeable future?

    1. Hi Douglas, yes, all visits other than essential visits have been discontinued for the time being. We will update when the situation changes. Thank you.

  2. A short note of support and apprecation to not only the staff at Dorchester Ave but to all the staff for their dedication and commitment during this challenging time.

  3. “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.” US Army General MacArthur, Retired, West Point, NY, early 1950s.

    All the best to our former brothers in arms all across Scotland and the UK in General. We thank all the Veterans for their service. We pray the best for Vets during this current COVID-19 challenge and always.


  4. Hello, I think your staff are doing a fantastic job looking after the residents – and perhaps may not fully get the credit they deserve during this pandemic.
    However, can you please advise of what precautions are taken to ensure that your existing residents (as staff!) are protected as far as possible? This is specifically in regards to any new residents coming into care – are they tested and verified negative before being admitted?

    1. Hi Jeremy, thank you for getting in touch. From the beginning of the Pandemic Erskine have had access to all the necessary PPE as laid out in the Health Protection Scotland guidelines. In relation to new residents moving in to an Erskine home we follow the latest Health Protection Scotland guideline and that from the Clinical Professional Advisory Group, which can be accessed at: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-clinical-and-practice-guidance-for-adult-care-homes/ Thank you for you kind comments and support of the work we are doing here at Erskine. Kind Regards, Heather Church, Marketing Officer

  5. My Husband Reyner Robb is in Red Cross House and thanks to the care and support he gets from the staff I have not had to worry about him during the covid crisis. I am exceeding grateful for this. I am 80 and have RA but have been reassured several times by the staff not to worry or feel guilty about not visiting. As I am shielding I do not know when I will manage to visit. My gratitude to Erskine knows no bounds, stay well and regards from Anne Robb

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