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.

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.


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7 responses to “COVID-19 Precautions

    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.

  1. 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.

  2. “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.


  3. 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

  4. 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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