As a precautionary measure to protect all Erskine residents, all Erskine Homes closed to all but essential visitors on the 15th March 2020.
In line with the Scottish Government phased approached to care home visiting we re-opened our homes to designated visitors, meeting outdoors, on Friday 3rd July.
On Friday 24th July, subject to Scottish Government caveats and with the agreement of Public Health, we will introduce indoor visiting for a single designated visitor for each resident, with up to three visitors being supported to visit outdoors.
Visits are by appointment to ensure we keep the number of people visiting our homes to a minimum thereby reducing the opportunity for the virus to be brought into and spread across or homes.
It would be our strong preference that flowers were not sent to any of our Homes. There are two main risk related to this 1) most flowers come in a cellophane wrapper which has the potential to retain the COVID-19 virus, in that it is a ‘hard’ surface and we know the virus can survive on hard 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. The second major risk is that we have asked people not to visit the Home, again to reduce the risk to our residents. We’d we had a number of delivery drivers arriving at our doors we have again introduced another unnecessary risk in that we have no idea where the driver may have visited before coming to one of our Homes. We would also encourage you to keep mail down to a minimum by not sending cards and letters. We will support digital interaction with our residents as much as possible.