Updated 15 June 2020
Dementia day centres now open under COVID-19 Alert Level 1
Following the move to Alert Level 1, our dementia day centres have now reverted back to their normal opening schedule and timetable prior to the COVID outbreak. We’re delighted to welcome everyone back and to be able to offer our usual daily programme and engagement-in-life activities.
There will be some additional cleaning processes in place and we’ll be encouraging regular handwashing, both before guests’ arrival and on leaving the centre. Anyone who has the early signs of a cold or flu are requested to stay at home, just to be on the safe side.
Throughout the COVID-19 Alert Levels, our staff have been in regular contact with day centre guests and their families by phone. They’re now thrilled to see everyone in person again and to be able to offer clients once more an array of meaningful and enjoyable activities.
Updated 7 May 2020
Dementia day centres to remain closed during COVID-19 Alert Level 2
We’re now into the second week of Alert Level 3, and we hope that our clients and family members are continuing to stay safe and well, as the nation endeavours to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and stop it from escalating further. When possible, we’ve been endeavouring to stay in contact with our families and clients and appreciate that everyone’s very much looking forward to coming back to their ‘club’.
Our dementia day centres will unfortunately need to remain closed for the foreseeable future and, potentially, until we come to the end of Level 2 and go into Alert Level 1. We’re seeking clarification from the District Health Board on the possible timeframes involved and their guidance as to how the re-opening should be implemented when the time comes (in terms of the requirements for physical distancing, for example, and any other health and safety precautions that may still need to be observed). We’ll inform you of the arrangements and proposed date for re-opening, as soon as we have final confirmation from the DHB.
We realise that the situation is challenging for some of our families and apologise for the ongoing difficulties that our closure might be causing. Hopefully, there’s light at the end of the tunnel, and we just need to keep up the effort for a few more weeks for the sake of one and all. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
We’ll write to you again with a further update as we progress through Level 2, but, in the meantime, stay safe - and keep your ‘bubble’ small.
Updated 19 March 2020
Temporarily closing the dementia day centres
From Friday, 20 March – we will be temporarily closing the dementia day centres, Lavender Cottage and Anchorage, in order to avoid any possible risk of exposure to our clients, families and staff.
We appreciate this is short notice for families. Therefore, whilst we would prefer to close after Friday, we will extend the Centre’s days of operation for another week (until Friday, 27 March) for those families who have particular difficulty in making alternative care arrangements. Please let me know if this would be helpful for you and your loved one.
Following the Centre’s closure, our caregiving staff will be redeployed within other Selwyn care locations, and we are also exploring various options with our minivan drivers regarding their specific roles.
We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops and hope to be able to reopen the Centre as soon as the COVID-19 situation becomes more stable.
We do apologise for the inconvenience that this may cause, and would like to thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we endeavour to protect the vulnerable members of the community and our staff at this difficult time.