Vision Homes Association Coronavirus Statement
Updated October 2022
Whilst the legal Covid-19 restrictions were lifted in England in February 2022, we must be mindful that the pandemic is not yet over. We must continue to act carefully to protect each other and those in our care. This is particularly important within Vision Homes Associations’ care services, where we continue to apply requirements in line with current government guidance.
The Safety of The People we Support
Our service users are vulnerable, and we need to ensure their safety, health, and well-being are a top priority, along with our brilliant and caring staff members. We provide staff access to correct and relevant PPE, including gloves, aprons, and face masks. Vaccination is one of the primary protection measures against Covid-19. Whilst it is no longer a mandatory requirement for care workers to have the vaccine, most of our staff have been vaccinated, and we encourage the remainder and new starters to have the vaccine.
We will continue to ensure that the people we support remain safe and well, and that our staff have the relevant equipment, training and support to carry out their vital roles.
If you have queries about visiting someone in a VHA setting, please contact the service directly and ascertain the visiting guidance so ensure that you have all the information you need. Currently, visitors to our Toll Gate Road properties must wear a facemask unless they plan to remain outside or stay in the communal area.
We all have an important part to play in acting responsibly, wearing PPE and having the vaccine. Booking a vaccine is easy and we would encourage everyone to do so to keep friends, family, colleagues and the wider community safe.
For the latest government advice on Covid-19 in adult social care settings, please see click here
Our Thanks to our Staff
The response of all VHA staff continues to be remarkable. Each staff member continues to approach their work positively whilst managing their own concerns and balancing work and home life. We would like to offer a sincere thanks to all; without you the people we support would have had a very difficult life during the pandemic. Showing respect for each person’s rights and balancing this with the advice on safety can create complex situations, but staff have worked through it all with the people they support, their families and other professionals. Please continue to stay safe.
Further information on Coronavirus
- If you have any concerns about the Coronavirus outbreak, please use the NHS 111 Online service.
- NHS – the best way to wash your hands: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/
- Public Health England: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england
- Public Health Wales: https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/
- Government advice for healthcare professionals and organisations: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance
- Easy read Coronavirus poster by Photosymbols: https://www.photosymbols.com/blogs/news/free-poster
- NHS Common Questions: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/common-questions/