Our response to Covid-19
Our priority is the wellbeing and safety of the people we support. We have a transparent and comprehensive approach against coronavirus. If you are concerned about home care during Covid-19, please contact us today to discuss your concerns with our team.
Letter from Emma Pithers, Wellbeing Support Lead
At BelleVie, the wellbeing of the people we support and that of our Wellbeing Support Workers is our biggest priority.
As elderly people and those with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19, we want to reassure the people we support, their families and our teams, that we continue to monitor the situation closely to do all we can to manage risks of spreading the virus.
Take up of the vaccination has been very high. Over 93% of our frontline colleagues are double vaccinated and we’re on track for this to reach 100%. We are encouraging all our colleagues to have their booster vaccination as soon as possible and around 60% have already received it, with plenty more booked in.
All of our frontline colleagues take weekly PCR tests, and our professional teams undergo comprehensive training in infection control. They follow industry guidance on hygiene from the UK’s Public Health Authorities. We maintain excellent supplies of personal protective equipment and provide additional equipment, such as gowns and higher specification masks (normally used in hospitals and not a requirement for home care), along with guidance on when and how to use them.
Everyone we support has their risks assessed in relation to Covid-19, as does every Wellbeing Support Worker. This enables us to see if there are any further steps we can take for each individual to keep them safe and well as we deliver care and support. This could be running errands, collecting prescriptions, or doing some shopping. We find creative ways to support mental wellbeing at a time when isolation is an even bigger issue than usual.
To ensure the highest standards of care and support possible, our Leadership Team assesses the situation regularly and follows the latest advice and guidance from Government and Health Officials. Our entire workforce is committed to ensuring that people we support remain safe throughout this challenging time.
Emma Pithers, Thames Valley & North East Wellbeing Support Lead, BelleVie.