Keeping care home residents safe through the COVID-19 crisis
Against a backdrop of high numbers of fatalities as a result of COVID-19 in the care home sector, here at DRS Facilities Management, we have gone the extra mile to ensure we can continue to keep residents safe and secure through these challenging times.
We have now secured key worker status for all our staff meaning they can get tested on a regular basis. Going forward, they will wear a badge clearly indicating the date of their last negative test for COVID-19 at all times.
They will also adhere to a range of other measures to minimise the risk of infection including travelling to and from sites in separate vehicles, observing social distancing and regularly cleaning the areas they come into contact with using special chemicals.
As a company, we are responsible for facilities management including maintenance in more than 30 care homes across South Wales and the South West of England. Our staff have worked throughout the pandemic, fulfilling the critical needs of our clients, keeping buildings and workplaces safe and operational.
We have followed government guidelines throughout including new Site Operating Procedures (SOP) developed by the UK government in the context of the COVID-19 crisis and which align with guidance from Public Health England.
Mark Phillips, our managing director, said: “Here at DRS we have worked throughout this crisis, supporting our clients in every way we can while also adjusting our working practices to follow government guidelines. We are especially proud of the way we have been able to support the elderly and vulnerable in their homes, and we continue to do so while taking precautions on all levels.
“As well as following these guidelines, all our staff are now also getting tested on a regular basis for COVID-19 and they will wear a badge at all times to show the date of their last test and the fact they were confirmed as negative. This allows us to continue to provide critical services to the elderly and vulnerable in the care homes we work with.”