Published: December 2023
13th October 2023
Much has changed over the course of the pandemic and we are now having to learn, to live with it. Following the changes in Government guidance, we have made some decisions about our buildings to make sure we continue to protect everyone. Everyone continues to have an important role to play in this.
To protect the wellbeing of everyone living in the almshouses, we ask that you continue to mask up in communal areas.
We ask residents to inform the Wardens if they have COVID-19. This way we can manage any issues around, contractor or staff visits. If you are a visitor or a contractor to our buildings, we ask that you do not enter the building if you have COVID-19.
We encourage all residents to take up the vaccination offer, including the over 75s to take the Winter Boosters. We ask that all contractors and visitors to consider being vaccinated to protect those who live in the almshouses.
We must remember that the virus has not gone away and the Government have guidance can be found at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
If you need help to understand anything or figure something out, please speak to your Warden, who may be able to assist.
- Please keep good hand and respiratory hygiene.
- If you catch covid, please let our Wardens know.
Our Wardens continue their weekly visits, or more often if you are vulnerable. Do let us know that you are well or not.
Please remember - in an emergency - residents can get assistance 24 hours a day through the pull cords in your flat or in several locations in the communal areas.
Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) in adults can include:
- a high temperature or shivering (chills) – a high temperature means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
- shortness of breath
- feeling tired or exhausted
- an aching body
- a headache
- a sore throat
- a blocked or runny nose
- loss of appetite
- feeling sick or being sick
The symptoms are very similar to symptoms of other illnesses, such as colds and flu.
Try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and either:
- you have a high temperature
- you do not feel well enough to go to work or do your normal activities
Take extra care to avoid close contact with anyone who is at higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19.
You can go back to your normal activities when you feel better or do not have a high temperature.
There are general principles you can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- washing your hands more often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitiser when you get home or into work, when you blow your nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- avoid close contact with people who have symptoms
- cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash your hands
- clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.