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Updated 06/07/20.

In addition to the measures put in place across all of Ludlow Street Healthcare’s services which you can read by clicking here, in accordance with latest government guidelines all our Ocean Community Services homes are currently:

  • Allowing service users access to the community and shops subject to any local restrictions advised by government. Prior to the community opportunity each individual is assessed on their understanding of the social distancing requirements and hygiene measures e.g. hand sanitising.
  • In accordance with the prevailing advice on the wearing of face masks, service users are given the option to wear a face covering when accessing public transport or the community. Staff will wear a face covering wherever required.
  • Allowing  relatives and friends to visit service users at the homes:
    • Visits must be outdoors and where gardens are accessible (i.e. the garden can be entered without accessing the home). If the garden is not a safe option then the service user will be supported to meet their relatives or friends in a public open space.
    • All visitors must adhere to the safety protocols: complete the visitor declaration form, have their temperature taken, hand sanitise or handwash.
    • Social distancing must be maintained and each individual will be risk assessed to ensure that this can maintained.
    • All visits will be planned and subject to the weather conditions.
    • face coverings are offered to all visitors.
  • OCS vehicles can now be used and shared with service users from the same household. Staff are required to wear face coverings whilst in the vehicle with service users.
  • Staff continue to wear face coverings whilst supporting service users across OCS until further notice.

 

Although all our service users have, like everyone else, been restricted during lockdown it doesn’t mean they haven’t found plenty of fun activities to keep them active and engaged.

 

 

See what we’ve been up to in the last few months:

  • Service users at Conway House have produced so many pictures over the last few weeks that they have turned a lounge into an art gallery
  • Senior management are using Skype to ensure they catch up with service users for a cup of tea and check everything’s OK
  • A service user at The Glen spent two days building a new bird stand for Caerau Manor. This is going to be painted and taken to Caerau Manor when safe to do so. With help from other service users and staff he has also created the house’s own customised gaming centre by recycling some old shelves.
  • Westminster Court service users decorated the house with banners to welcome new manager Sam, as well as saying a big thank you Naima who is moving back to Palace Road
  • A Support Worker at Palace Road cooked up a culinary tour of their homeland of Portugal
  • Service users at Westminster Court have kept busy making Easter decorations for the home.
  • Last week Wentwood Court had a ‘Draw Kim’ (the manager) competition, this week’s challenge is to draw Patrick! They’ve also been decorating their footpaths with fun messages.
  • A service user at The Glen spent a weekend building adapted flower beds for another service user, who is wheelchair bound, to have the opportunity to participate in gardening.
  • Windsor Road have put up lovely pictures in their front windows
  • A service user at Westminster Court is making good use of her time and working on creating a small business as part of her SWEET course to develop employability skills. Having created her business plan and drawn up a budget she is now making handmade soaps.
  • A Glen service user is very interested in history and is drawing and painting a Viking ship which everyone is looking forward to displaying in the house.
  • Caerau Manor service users have decorated the doors leading to their garden with inspirational messages to remind them to stay positive
  • Ty Brynteg helped as service user celebrate his 40th and made his wish come true
  • Parents of a service user at Overndale House dropped off a box of goodies for service users and staff last week with a lovely thank you letter
  • Wentwood Court held a social distancing BBQ
  • A staff member at Cherry Tree House has brought in his guitar and been entertaining everyone
  • Service users at Riverdale were proud to join in the 8pm clap for the NHS the other evening
  • Conway House painted a ‘stay safe’  rainbow to display on the front of the house.
  • Westminter Court have made inspirational messages to display in all their front windows
  • Cherry Tree House service users and staff have been enjoying group workouts in the house.
  • A spot of up-cycling and some baking were the order of the day at Ty Brynteg as one service user tried to fill his time. Love heart cookies and corned beef pie were on the menu, We’re sure they tasted as good as they look!

We’ve created our very own book of coronavirus recipes to keep everyone busy. Click here to read all the recipes.

This is a huge thank you to each and everyone of you who continues to give crucial support to my son and the other residents at Cherry Tree House.

I am full of admiration for you all, not just during these strange times but each day that you turn up for your shifts and carry out your invaluable work. My son could not function without you.

So thank you, thank you everyone you should be so proud of yourselves. I am so proud of all of you.

Mother of a resident, April 2020

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