The Hertfordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group have put together some advice on how to safely celebrate Christmas activities in care homes this year. They have cautioned that, despite the easing of national restrictions during the Christmas period – care homes should stay vigilant. Stanfield Nursing Home will maintain high Infection Prevention and Control standards to minimise people’s risk of transmission and contracting Covid-19.

Decorations

One of the many fun Christmas Activities at Stanfield involves putting up decorations. However, this year there are a couple of things we needed to consider when putting them up in communal areas. With so many Christmas decorations it is difficult to clean them all as regularly as we would like to. As a way around this, decorations should be positioned out of reach to avoid handling. Our Christmas decorations, some of which were homemade, went up on the 1st of December with everyone participating in the fun.

Here are some ideas and tips on Covid-secure decorations:

  • Items can be placed in a specific area of the home to support social distancing
  • Christmas trees are fine as long as suitably placed 2 metres away from the people we support
  • However, you should avoid too many under the tree items so the floor can be regularly cleaned
  • People can have mini decorations in their individual rooms, but these should be discarded if they show symptoms
  • Christmas cards should not be displayed in a way to encourage handling and should not prevent cleaning of surfaces

Christmas Activities

All of our activities ensure that staff maintain a 2m distance from the people we care for. In our nursing home we have been hosting things like listening to carols and sometimes including a sing-along. We continue to set up FaceTime calls with family and friends as we still hold restrictions on face-to-face visits. We also receive lots of cards from different schools around the area which we read aloud to the people we care for.

It was recommended by the NHS to avoid sharing tins and trays of Christmas treats like chocolates and biscuits. They should be distributed by a single staff member, on individual plates/napkins, with cleaning of the packaging where available.

For Christmas gifts and present opening, it is advised that family and friends deliver them to the home by Monday 21st December. This allows for both cleaning and a quarantine period of 72 hours.

Contacting Stanfield Nursing Home

If you would like daily updates on activities you can check out our social media. If you want more information on Stanfield Nursing Home then head to our website. Alternatively, you can call 01905 420 459 to speak to a member of our helpful and friendly team.

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