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Clarendon Care Group and the UK Coronavirus Outbreak

The health, safety and wellbeing of our Residents and Colleagues are always our top priorities. We have therefore taken comprehensive action to prepare for, and respond to, the growing coronavirus outbreak in the UK.

This page details the latest advice from Clarendon Care Group about the steps we are taking at our homes. This information is intended for Clarendon Care Group Residents, Colleagues, and any visitors to our homes only.

For comprehensive information about the coronavirus itself, please visit either the Gov.UK or NHS websites, or if you are concerned you or someone you are in contact with has coronavirus call 111.

Visiting a Clarendon Care Group care home

For Clarendon Care Group the health and safety of our Residents and Colleagues is our top priority. As such, we have made the decision to limit non-essential visitors to our care homes until further notice.

We have not taken this decision lightly, but we know our visitors, including relatives and loved ones, would want us to do everything possible to keep the Residents in our care safe and well.

Non-essential visits include routine visits from Relatives and loved ones, visits from individuals such as hairdressers and entertainers, and from professionals and contractors carrying out non-essential services.

If you can delay your visit or achieve its purpose via another method (i.e. through a phone call or video call) please do so.

Requests for essential visits where exceptional circumstances arise will be considered. These can be arranged by contacting the Home Manager.

Phone numbers for all homes are listed on the individual home pages here.

If an essential visit is granted, we ask that a number of steps are taken to limit any potential risk – these are outlined in the next section.


How to safely visit a Clarendon Care Group care home

If you are making an essential visit to a Clarendon Care Group care home, it is important that you do so safely and in a way that minimises the risk of infection to our Residents and Colleagues. Therefore, before visiting and whilst on site, please consider the following:

  •  Hand washing. It is important that you wash your hands thoroughly before you visit the care home, and regularly whilst you are at the home. Please make sure you wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds, using either hot water and soap or 60% alcohol sanitiser gel. The NHS has a video guide to effective handwashing here. Additional hand washing stations have been set up at our homes to help visitors wash their hands regularly.
  •  Coughs and sneezes. We understand there are many reasons why someone may cough or sneeze. However, whilst visiting a Clarendon Care Group care home please make sure you have a tissue on you at all times so that you can catch a cough or sneeze. Please then immediately dispose of the tissue in the bin. Remember – Catch it. Bin it. Kill it.

Protecting our Residents and Colleagues

Please be assured that Clarendon Care Group is treating this matter with the utmost seriousness and comprehensive contingency plans are in place in the event of a coronavirus outbreak at a home.

In response to the growing UK coronavirus outbreak we have created a dedicated steering group. Led by our Clinical Director Chris Potter this group comprises senior leaders from across the business who meet regularly to review and further develop our plans, reflecting the evolving situation.

The steering group has already taken action, including working to secure the medical supplies we may need in the event of an outbreak in a home, and developing and implementing the policies and protocols needed to make sure Clarendon Care Group homes can continue to provide high-quality, kind care during this time.

All Home Managers and Colleagues have been informed of the steps we are taking and how they can help prevent the spread of infection. This includes taking staff and visitors temperatures and use of alcohol gel at the point of entry in addition to promoting hand washing in all areas of all homes, installing additional prominent signage about handwashing and reminders for infection control training through our digital learning platform.

The Clarendon Care Group Coronavirus Steering Group continues to meet regularly and is monitoring and reacting to the latest guidance issued by the UK Government and Devolved Administrations, the NHS, and public health bodies.

This page will be updated to reflect the latest information and advice regarding any additional steps we are taking to safeguard the health of our Residents and Colleagues.

For anyone connected to a Clarendon Care Group home who has further questions about our response to the coronavirus, please call the Home Manager at your local home. Phone numbers for all homes are listed on the individual home pages here.

New Barnt Green care home manager has big plans for residents

New Barnt Green Care Home Manager Has Big Plans For Residents

A local care home has appointed a new manager who wants to put the community and caring for those with dementia at the centre of her plans.

Caroline Youlden, an experienced care expert, has taken over as the general manager at Redwood House Residential Home in Barnt Green.

With more than 15 years’ experience in caring for elderly people, she is set to overhaul the care home’s approach to dementia. Her plans include introducing a new dementia garden in its two-acre grounds, together with launching a programme of fundraising events.

Caroline said: “Redwood House is an amazing home for residents and I am extremely proud to be here as its new manager.

“I am bringing lots of new ideas to the home and working with my team, I cannot wait to implement them.

“One big project is the introduction of a dementia garden which will take pride of place within our grounds. When we open it in the coming months our residents will be stimulated by spending time in the garden where plants and herbs such as lavender and rosemary can trigger memories and their senses.

“It’s going to take our dementia care to a new level and will be a brilliant outside space for those who suffer from the disease.

“Events are also going to be a big thing for me as we raise money to take residents on trips out to places in and around Worcestershire.

“We have such a wonderful setting here at the home and our garden will host its summer fete on Saturday 4 August for the local community, residents and their families. It is these types of events I want to push and get everyone involved, especially as we strive to play a bigger part in the Barnt Green community.”

Owned by the Clarendon Care Group, the home is registered with the Care Quality Commission for 27 residents.

The home provides specialist care for the elderly and is a recognised specialist in dementia and Alzheimer’s care.