Friends of Connaught Court
Friends of Connaught Court

Manager's Report for 30th April 2020

 

Hello from everyone at Connaught Court!  We are now into our 5th full week of closure due to coronavirus, and what a journey it has been for us all. The home is a very different place with all our residents confined to their rooms and the areas they live in.The dining room is closed and the main lounge only available for very small numbers from the same area to see a film, socially distancing of course! Meals are all taken in their rooms, and exercise is taken in our grounds only for short periods of time. Thank goodness for the lovely weather we have been experiencing, which has helped with this enormously.

 

Amongst all their other tasks the care team have been trying to help the residents keep in touch with their families via any means possible and those on the ground floor have had the occasional wave through closed windows. An equally difficult time for families who are unable to give them a hug or visit in person.

 

All our staff are masked for the duration of their shift strict infection control measures in place and for those residents showing symptoms of covid19 full barrier nursing is in place with complete isolation.

 

It is with great sadness that we currently have 11 residents throughout the home with symptoms and 7 were tested yesterday. We have one positive resident who is doing well in hospital and one other who is in the home and stable at the time of writing this. Unfortunately we have lost two residents who were covid positive, a very distressing time for the families and for our staff who feel helpless to prevent this horrendous virus, despite all their hard work.

 

Staffing the home is now our greatest challenge as currently I have a total of 34 staff off with symptoms isolating, at last we are now able to have testing which has been a long time coming. We have had great support from our district nurses, GP practice and local authority, and most important from our senior team at the RMBI who have worked tirelessly to get us the information which has changed hourly at first and secure PPE for us with weekly deliveries. Thank goodness for the support of the freemasons and trustees with very deep pockets who have taken extreme measures to purchase this valuable stock of PPE.

 

On a happier note we managed to have a lovely meal for Easter and Nestle sent many Easter eggs, which as you can imagine went down a treat with staff and residents. We have received lots of lovely letters from children accompanied with drawings, and the wine and sherry along with chocolate and excellent local food suppliers the Connaught Court standards have been maintained!

 

This is just a short insight into Connaught Today at what is our lowest time in this journey; we look forward to happier times and welcoming you all back into the home.

 

Please stay safe and well.

 

Victoria Wilson

Home Manager

 

 

AFoCC Secretary's addendum

 

As all outdoor and indoor visits have been cancelled the Association of Friends has purchased six iPads to enable the residents to stay in touch with their family and friends. These were bought with the kind donations from all the Lodges in the three Provinces linked to us.

Connaught Court receives 'Outstanding' rating from Care Quality Commission 

Connaught Court in Fulford, York, has received an overall rating of 'Outstanding' following a recent inspection of the care home by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The Home, which provides residential, nursing and dementia care for up to 94 residents, is described by CQC as offering an “exceptionally” effective and well led service which is ‘outstanding’. The inspection also found that the Home is a safe place to live and that staff are responsive and caring towards residents.

This means Connaught Court is now one of just a handful of care homes within the Vale of York to be rated ‘Outstanding’. It is also the third RMBI Care Co. Home to be assessed as ‘Outstanding’.

For a good cause

Situated in extensive parkland close to York City centre Connaught Court was purpose built by the RMBI and opened in 1971, the land having been donated by the Province of Yorkshire West Riding in 1967. The home is registered to provide residential nursing and specialist dementia care for up to 90 residents.

 

The home has two Dementia Support Houses; Fred Crosland House has its own enclosed outdoor space including a summer house, courtyard and sensory garden, providing specialist care and support for up to 10 people whilst Knavesmire has two sensory gardens and 16 bedrooms. People who choose an RMBI Home have the security of knowing that they have a home for life, even if their financial circumstances change – as long as their needs can still be supported. The home is supported by the Provinces of Yorkshire West Riding, Yorkshire North and East Ridings and Lincolnshire.

 

The Association, which was established in 1973, is a registered charity entirely independent of the RMBI and consists of freemasons from the Provinces of Yorkshire West Riding, Yorkshire North and East Ridings and Lincolnshire, together with representatives from Castlegate Ladies. There are a set number of Members of the Executive Committee all of whom are put forward by their respective Provinces together with certain Co-opted Members who perform specific tasks within the Committee. Additionally the Manager and Activities Co-Ordinator of Connaught Court are also Executive Committee Members. In addition to the Executive Committee there are also Life Members who become so by application and by paying a one off fee (currently a minimum of £10.00). Life Members are encouraged to attend the AGM of the Association and are able, should they so desire, to offer assistance by befriending and or assisting with the care of the residents.

 

 

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