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A Blissfully Peaceful Home, Where Love & Care Are Paramount
Available 24/7: 01494727738
A Blissfully Peaceful Home, Where Love & Care Are Paramount
Companionship is key to a trusted relationship with our caregivers. We not only strive to help you with everyday tasks but want to develop a caring relationship with you. We provide one-on-one attention and care that cannot compare in other settings.
A Chiropodist comes every 6-8 weeks and a visit by a private dentist can be arranged. A telephone is available for resident's use, or a private line can be installed in the resident's room.
The hairdresser also visits once a week.
Arthritis, physical disabilities and age-related conditions like dementia are some of the few circumstances that prevent one from caring for themselves. Our caregivers can assist you with daily tasks such as mobility, eating, exercising, and grooming.
Our experienced and highly trained caregivers provide the highest quality of care to both residents and their families. Our goal is to help individuals and their loved ones live happy and fulfilling lives.
Our Activity Organiser arranges for group activities everyday of the week.
If the resident is able to undertake travel away from Rushymead, visits to place of local interest, theatres, garden centres or lunch at a local pub are arranged.
Every effort is made to provide a stimulating environment for our residents.
An optional inter-denominational service is held every other week, which is conducted by a local lay preacher.
"I was very glad my Mother ended up at Rushymead, one hears such terrible stories about residential homes, but she couldn't have been anywhere better. You were all very patient and caring, especially in the last few months, I'm glad she could stay til the last. Thank you all so much."
"Mum, Sarah, has been at Rushymead since May of last year and we would like everyone to know what a fabulous place it is. Sarah's overall health has improved even though she struggles with everyday matters and can no longer stand, walk or look after herself, her general health is fine. Rushymead is situated in such wonderful surroundings
"Mum, Sarah, has been at Rushymead since May of last year and we would like everyone to know what a fabulous place it is. Sarah's overall health has improved even though she struggles with everyday matters and can no longer stand, walk or look after herself, her general health is fine. Rushymead is situated in such wonderful surroundings it really is a pleasure to be able to take Mum out into the gardens on a warm day for her to see the wildlife and the picturesque location of the home."
"Thank you All at Rushymead for the kindness and understanding and care that you gave my mother. Her early days where quite straight forward but later things became quite difficult for you, but you never gave up on her, the strength and commitment that you all have is something very special. I shall always remember you."
"Rushymead is excellent as always"
"The care is absolutely excellent, we are so lucky to have found Rushymead"
"To all the wonderful people who looked after my Nanna, Thank you so much for all the love and care that you gave her."
"Rushymead is a wonderful home. Staff could not be better, they are so kind and helpful"
"I want to say a very big Thank You for the wonderful way in which Rushymead is run. You are also a very special kind person"
Let us know about your questions or concerns. We will get back to you as soon as we can.
For further information, please contact the Care Manager Bev Sturges at:
Tower Road, Coleshill, Amersham, Bucks, HP7 0LA
Feel free to fax any forms to 01494 724432
Rushymead’s visiting policy will always adapt to the changing conditions concerning the spread of Covid-19 and the associated Government policies and guidance. The current policy reflects Government guidance that took effect on 16th August 2021.
Rushymead understands that any long-term continuation of these arrangements will depend on how well the pandemic is being brought under control and the success of the vaccination programme.
We are pleased to announce that each of our residents is now able to have as many people to visit as they so please, although no more than two visitors are permitted at any one time. Babies and children under 11 do not count towards this limit, This is to allow care homes to ensure that visiting arrangements can be conducted safely and in line with current infection control guidance.
We still have available well established alternative means of communication; telephone, social media, Facetime, Skype and Zoom. These can still be taken advantage of.
We know how important it is to both residents and their family to see each other and with your help, we want to support this as much as we can, but it is also our duty to protect your loved ones from any unnecessary risk.
To enable as many of our residents to see their loved ones, Rushymead will continue to operate a booking system and restrict each visit to half an hour; so please contact us to make an appointment.
Before making any visit to Rushymead, please familiarise yourself with our visiting guidelines below.
Friends and relatives have a very important role and responsibility to help Rushymead keep their loved ones safe. Please think of yourself as part of a team with Rushymead staff. By carefully following the steps described below you will be playing your part in helping to protect not just your loved one, but all the people with whom they share their home, from the risk of infection.
We ask for your understanding because it will be very challenging to organise these visits for all our residents as frequently as you may wish. Rushymead must follow a strict booking, testing and cleaning regime.
Preparing for your visit
To keep your loved one and Rushymead safe, we ask that you please follow the guidelines below:
· stay home if you’re feeling unwell, including if you have a fever, a cough or a change in your sense of taste and smell
· follow national guidance outside of your visit, including limiting your contact with other people and wearing a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
· observe social distancing with anyone outside of your household or bubble and wash your hands regularly.
On the day of your visit
You’ll be asked to take a test using a lateral flow device (LFD) which works like the commonly known lateral flow rapid test strip used in pregnancy tests. It is a simple to use diagnostic device used in people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms but have lots of the virus and therefore infectious on the day.
So, it is a spot check test that detects a COVID-19 antigen (toxin or other foreign substance which induces an immune response in the body) which is produced when a person is infected with COVID-19.
If the antigen is present, a coloured strip on the LFD will appear to show a positive result. See image below in the PDF viewer below.
This means the LFD test is not good at finding the virus in people who are early in the infection and therefore not infectious yet. Thus, it does not mean that you are free of the virus after showing a negative reading with an LFD and you do not have to test to check again. Only the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test is able to find very small amounts of the virus, especially early in infection. This is because it works in a different way as the swab kits go to a lab as opposed to being tested on site. The PCR test is also used primarily in people who have symptoms and can be booked through the NHS website.
With this in mind, just because one has a negative result after the LFD test, it does not mean one may choose not to use PPE (personal protective equipment) or the established protocols of the day.
Key steps during the test
When you first enter Rushymead
· a staff member will check you in for your visit and provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and support you with putting it on. This will include gloves, mask and apron.
· You will be asked to sign a consent form that you agree to taking the test and sharing your result. We may also ask that you share personal details including your date of birth, ethnicity, and contact details to support you with registering your test result. Registering your test result is important because it links you to your individual test kit
· a staff member will provide you with 3 copies of your test kit barcode. One copy is for a staff member to put on your lateral flow device, and the others are copies. These barcodes will track your individual test to you. Make sure to keep these copies with you throughout the rest of the testing process.
Taking your test
1. after you check in for your test, a member of staff will direct you to move to the testing area you will hand one copy of your barcode to the member of staff supporting your testing process
2. a member of staff will hand you a packaged swab (looks like a very long cotton bud)
3. you will then need to take your own throat and nose swab, supervised by a member of staff. They will talk you through how to swab yourself which will only take about 30 seconds to do.
4. you can ask a staff member to perform the swab test on you, if you prefer.
5. once you have handed over the swab, you will be asked to wait in a designated area until your result is ready. This will take approximately 30 minutes.
Receiving your result
1. after 30 minutes, a staff member will tell you your result
2. once you have received your result, you will need to register your test kit online with your own mobile device. If you are not able to register your own result, a member of staff will do so, but they’ll need to take down your personal details.
Understanding your test result
Rushymead staff will process your test and give you a result within 30 minutes. This result will also be reported to the wider NHS Test and Trace program.
The result will affect whether you can complete your visit in the following ways:
. Positive – you will not be able to visit. You will have to take a second test, which is a confirmatory polymerise chain reaction (PCR) test that Rushymead will provide for you. You will have to take the test and register it on site, then go home immediately and self-isolate until you receive your result. NHS Test and Trace will text, email, or call you with your result in around 72 hours. If you test positive, NHS Test and Trace may contact you to ask you for your close contacts.
· Invalid – We will ask that you take another LFD test. If the retest comes back as invalid, Rushymead will recommend that you do not complete the visit unless both you and Rushymead are in Tier 1, and other IPC measures, including social distancing and PPE, are followed.
· Negative – your visit will be able to go ahead, as long as you comply with all other IPC measures (see below). It is possible that you may still have COVID-19, so we will need to make sure you wear PPE at all times and ensure that the visit takes place in a safe way. If you have any questions about this, please ask me, Bev, the Rushymead manager, or staff for advice.
During your visit
It is important to recognise that a negative test will provide us with some assurance that at best you do not have the virus and at worst you are not contagious. However, the test is not a complete guarantee. To keep your loved one and the care home safe, we ask that you please follow Rushymead’s guidelines on its hygiene & infection control measures.
Please make sure:
· you keep your PPE on at all times
· you only go to the part of Rushymead that is permitted for your visit
· you follow carefully any guidance and instructions provided by care home staff
· you follow instructions for putting on PPE
· Perform hand hygiene using soap and water or alcohol hand gel
· Put on a surgical face mask.
All visitors share an important role to play – helping to keep their loved ones, other residents and staff safe by carefully following our visiting policy guidance.
If at any time visitors break the visiting protocol, they may be asked to leave, and a meeting arranged with management.
Closure of Rushymead to visitors
In the face of new variants of the virus and a potential upsurge in current prevalent types of COVID-19, we need to remain alert to risks ensuring we protect those most at risk in Rushymead while ensuring indoor visits can go ahead.
In certain circumstances Rushymead management reserves the right to close to all visitors as we have always done in the interest of safeguarding residents; particularly if there are new cases of COVID-19 or similar variants or evidence of increased risk from community transmission that has been identified by local Public Health England.
At the discretion of management, Rushymead may close for other infectious illnesses as during any pandemic, disaster or major event. As we begin to look forward to returning to our normal lifestyles and socially interact with other households and the wider community, there is an increased risk of an infectious outbreak such as:
• Diarrhoea & or vomiting (Gastroenteritis)
• Clostridioides Difficile (C-Diff)
• Respiratory outbreak such as flu or chest infections.
If you have any further questions or queries about visiting loved ones at your care home, please contact me.
Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. We will continue to work hard to support and improve meaningful visits with our residents.
This policy is available as a download at the bottom of this page in the PDF Viewer.
Have a wonderful visit!
Care Home Manager