June 2020

Thank you for your prayers and support

Thank you to all of our wonderful supporters who have prayed and sent messages of care to our teams during the last few very difficult months. We are so appreciative of you, and hope that you will continue to stand with us over the coming months.

While coronavirus continues to be a threat, we have seen a significant slowdown in the number of infections and those who have tested postive have been asymptomatic. Our staffing has been getting back to normal with a significant reduction in the number of staff need to take time away from their work for reasons related to coronavirus.

We are continuing to take precautions to ensure the well-being of those who live and work in our homes. We are still sourcing sufficient PPE and we are continuing to monitor every resident.

Continuing guidance

Here are the latest updates on how we're caring for those living and working in our residential care homes during the Coronavirus outbreak, including guidance for visitors.

For those residents living in our flats, bungalows or apartments, restrictions only apply in the same way as they do to the general public but, in line with government guidance, residents are being asked to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures including significantly limiting face-to-face interaction with friends and family, avoiding large and small gatherings, and avoiding non-essential use of public transport.

Our care homes are well-prepared for outbreaks of this kind and continuing to provide excellent care and support for all those who live in our homes. We have appointed Barbara Margetts, Assistant Director of Operations, as our lead person on Coronavirus; Barbara and key members of our Executive Team receive regular updates from the Chief Medical Officer and advice from the National Care Forum and Public Health England.

Life in our homes

Caring for, shielding and supporting those living and working in our homes is our priority. Our staff teams are working wonderfully well and are implementing their plans prepared for pandemics with infection control and protection measures in place and Public Health England supporting the homes as needed.

Sadly, 14 people have passed away due to COVID-19 across the Pilgrims' Friend Society family despite taking precautions and working in-line with the government guidance at the time.

Public Health England are continuing to support and advise staff in all our homes. 

Many of those living in our homes and housing schemes are concerned about the impact of the virus in wider society; many are concerned for people who do not know Jesus as their Saviour, particularly during this incredibly challenging time. Lots of those within the Pilgrims' Friend Society family have been painting and creating rainbows, candles and crosses to place in windows as a sign of their trust in God and eternal hope.

Please do pray for all involved, particularly those with coughs and fevers.  Please pray for strength and courage for all those living and working in our homes and housing schemes.

How we're protecting residents and staff

We are implementing rigorous infection control and management processes .   These vary with the situation in any particular home,  but include making sure that any resident either displaying Covid19 symptoms or  with a positive test result is cared for in isolation to make sure there is no spread of infection.  We have been proactive in making sure that all our homes have been tested and that is either in course or complete in all locations.

At all times our staff teams are fully equipped with the necessary disposable personal protective equipment (PPE) to minimise the chances of cross infection.

A priority is to prevent the virus getting in to our homes and we require member of staff who display any of the symptoms to  remain at home and to take a test.  Staff who live with others who are displaying symptoms are also required to remain at home until clear of the risk of having the virus.

Our employees have been doing wonderful work during a difficult and challenging time and we have been able to staff all of our homes appropriately throughout the outbreak so far

Guidance for visitors

Our residential care homes have been closed to visitors since Sunday, 22 March. This is in line with Government guidance on shielding the most vulnerable from the virus. The only exception to this is if a resident is nearing the end of their life or if the visitor is a health care professionals to assess/give essential care or essential works engineers.

We are exploring ways of increasing contact between residents and their loved ones in the future but we will only do where we can guarantee the safety and well-being of the resident.

Please do continue to pray

While we are doing everything that we can to put in place measures to protect our residents and staff, we know that this is a difficult time for many. Could you join with us to pray for those in our homes, those looking after them, and for their loved ones?

The Bible talks of the shield of faith and of God who is with us in difficult times. As we take practical steps to shield our residents and staff please pray that all our staff and residents will know God’s presence and comfort and the reality of Psalm 23 “I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me”.

Pray with us