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What does self-isolation mean for residents moving into an MHA care home?

During the coronavirus outbreak, many older people within the community could now be in a vulnerable position in their homes due to self-isolation at home. This often highlights to their family members the additional care they may need and many are considering the benefits of moving their loved one into a more professional care setting so that their personal needs can be met around the clock.

As we continue to follow government guidelines to create safer working environments for both our colleagues and residents, we continue to place all new admissions into self-isolation for their first 14 days in our care. We understand this can be worrying for families and the new resident, but in an MHA care home self-isolation doesn’t mean your loved one will feel alone.

How does MHA support new care home residents during the self-isolation period?

At MHA our staff treat our residents like they are family and always believe in the importance of showing kindness in efforts to lift spirits and also protect the mental and physical wellbeing of those in our care.

Once your loved one has been carefully assessed and an individual care plan has been created specific to their needs, they will be admitted to our care and begin to feel at home in their own private room.

Throughout the 14 day period, the resident will never feel isolated as we encourage them to take part in a variety of activities in their room each day including board games, word-searches, jigsaws, art and any other hobbies they have expressed an interest in.

Throughout the day all residents including those in self-isolation will be visited by the home’s personal chef to take their food order for their meals, the cleaner will visit to tidy their rooms and all personal care will be attended to. We also have a dedicated chaplain available to provide pastoral care to those who request this service. All staff are in full personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times and observe social distancing measures wherever possible with residents in our homes for everyone’s safety.
 
As each resident has their own care plan in place, they will be visited everyday by a care assistant who will cater for their personal needs and ensure they are comfortable and most importantly they aren’t feeling alone in their new environment.
 
All MHA care homes encourage residents to keep in regular contact with their families, as we know that keeping connected with loved ones is often one of the most important things for a person in our care. During self-isolation our residents have been making full use of technology through video calls, social media updates and telephone calls, which has continued to keep a smile on their face. We are working hard behind the scenes looking at the safest way for each home to accept visits from friends and relatives.
 
Paul, son of resident at MHA Greenways care home recently shared a review on carehome.co.uk of his Mother’s care:
 
“All the staff are working so hard under very challenging and difficult circumstances. At the heart of this home lies a strong team of dedicated, committed and experienced carers, with an exemplar home manager. They have surrounded my mother with love and support, and their collective embrace makes my mother, and I alike, feel part of an extended family.”

If you feel that a loved one could benefit from being admitted into a care home during this time, please contact your local MHA care home for further details in the first instance.

To learn more about what makes MHA's care homes special and to find contact details for your nearest MHA home, please visit our care home webpages >


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