Issue 7 - Published Monday 11th May 2020

Lench's Trust Weekly Coronavirus Update

Latest Government Advice

We enter a difficult period when the government is attempting to "re-open" the country, whilst at the same time avoiding a second wave of infections which could have tragic consequences.

Following yesterday's announcement by the Prime Minister we understand that the advice remains to:

  • Stay at home, which in the case of the residents includes the grounds but not the communal areas;
  • Avoid contacts with people who are not from your household - this unfortunately still includes family members for the time being;
  • Keep the social distancing at all times;
  • Refrain from using public transport - especially when more people will be out to go to work.
  • No mixing of households indoors, unless you create a "support bubble" (see below explanation of a Support Bubble)

If I may add a personal message, it is unfortunate that a couple of damaging articles in 'The Mail Online' have distracted the attention from the stellar job done by all the staff at Lench's Trust to protect & save the lives of the residents.

I do not think we should have to apologise for putting our residents and staff first and I hope that, however inconvenient, difficult or unpopular the decisions we have to make are final. We will continue to have your support and the support of your families.

Please stay safe in your home and help us protect YOU!

Lench's Trust Measures 

  • All communal areas are now fully closed, including the laundries;
  • Staff will attend the sites only minimum hours to reduce exposure and to protect both staff and residents:
    • Scheme Managers on site only to do call around and check on the wellbeing of their residents;
    • Head Office Staff & Maintenance Staff organising and distributing shopping at Lench's Close & William Lench Court, collecting rubbish and distributing the post.
    • Maintenance staff and trusted contractors on standby for emergencies only;
    • Staff wearing PPE at all times.

Only key carers and staff allowed to come on site.

We are still recommending that all residents or staff with a health condition, which puts them a higher risk, to stay under strict isolation until further advice.

Our best wishes to Lillian Horton, Pauline Redmore, Martin Jagger, Jean Bates, Ellie Thomas & Phillip Hughes who will be celebrating their birthdays this week.

Thank you also to the members of staff who made VE Day a special occasion for the residents: Maria & Shirley at Lench's Close, Marion at Tanner's Close and Laura and Heather at William Lench Court.

Finally a big THANK YOU to all the residents and their families who have sent us kind messages to show their appreciation - this is much appreciated.

Useful Contacts

Important Message

Please remember:

  • Do not let anyone you have never seen before approach you unless introduced by a member of staff;
  • Do not open website links you do not know;
  • Always check with a member of staff first - criminals will often look genuine and use official UKGOV logos or fake IDs.

What exactly is a support bubble?

Forming this support bubble means you effectively become one household - you can act as if you all lived together. This means you can do things such as go round to their house, stay the night and travel together in private vehicles.

But once you have formed you support bubble, you can not change who is in it. You also can not go into homes of anyone outside you support bubble - unless it is in line with the wider guidance, which includes accessing a garden or other outdoor space.

Who can I form a support bubble with?

For two households to form a support bubble, at least one of the households must be a single adult household - with either an adult living alone or a single parent with children under 18 living with them. The other household can be any size.

But there are some things to consider before you decide to form a support bubble:

  • You can travel to and from another household in your support bubble, but it is still best to avoid public transport. It might therefor be easier to be in a support bubble with a household local to you.
  • The more people you spend time with, the higher the risk of infection from coronavirus. So while there are no rules on the size of the household you can join up with, it is safer to make a support bubble with a smaller group of people.
  • Before you form your support bubble, think about any potential risks to your health. For example, is there anyone in certain households that is more exposed to the virus, such as healthcare workers?

Remember - if one person within the support bubble develops any symptoms for coronavirus ALL MUST SELF ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS.

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