Issue 9 - Published Monday 25th May

Lench's Trust Weekly Coronavirus Update

Latest Government Advice

"Stay Alert - which means stay at home if you can as this is still the safest place"

Therefore we still strongly advise the residents 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.

As mentioned last week we are introducing new measures to help the residents during this prolonged period to fight isolation:

  • Exercise more, with Bobby (William Lench Court Gym Instructor) setting up an outdoor exercise class in all 3 schemes - details to be published;
  • Meet with 1 member of your family at a time in an open space:
    • This can easily be achieved at Lench's Close & Tanner's Close in the communal gardens, as long as residents and families maintain the physical distancing as from now;
    • We are working on a plan to designate a safe place for those who cannot go out of William Lench Court to meet a family member on our grounds and you will receive a letter by Friday 5th with details.

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 site only to do call around and check on the wellbeing of their residents;
    • Head Office Staff & Maintenance Staff organising and distributing shopping a Lench's Close 7 William Lench Court, collecting rubbish and distributing the post;
    • Maintenance staff and trusted contractor 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 at higher risk to stay under strict isolation until further advice.

Our best wishes to Pat Tranter (William Lench Court) and Annemarie Walker (Head Office), Paul Rumney (Grounds Maintenance) & Raj Tiwana (Catering) who will be celebrating their birthdays this week.

Mental Wellbeing while staying at home: "taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at home because of coronavirus"

You may feel bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also be low, worried or anxious, or concerned about you finances, your health or those close to you.

It's important to remember that it is OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently. Remember, this situation is temporary and, for most of us, these feelings will pass. Staying at home may be difficult, but you are helping to protect yourself and others by doing it.

Self-help Suggestion of the day

Calming breathing techniques for stress, anxiety and panic attacks, to make yourself feel as comfortable as you can:

  1. Let your breath flow as deep down into your belly as is comfortable, without forcing it;
  2. Try breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth;
  3. Breathe in gently and regularly. Some people find it helpful to count steadily from 1 to 5. You may not be able to reach 5 at first;
  4. Then, without pausing or holding your breather, let it flow out gently, counting from 1 to 5 again, if you find this helpful;
  5. Keep doing this for 3 to 5 minutes.

Please visit https://www.helpguide.org/home-pages/coronavirus-mental-health.htm for more on mental health & wellness.

Other Useful Contacts

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