According to a new study from the University of East Anglia and North Norfolk Primary Care, many Care Home Residents are either asymptomatic or suffer from atypical symptoms if they have Coronavirus. They found that of the 103 positive Covid cases they found on testing, more than half were asymptomatic. Those who had symptoms showed some of the typical symptoms that we all know about including high temperature, cough and loss of smell. Often however, there were other signs, like an upset tummy or feeling generally unwell. Since some of our residents have long term medical conditions and others have mental frailty that may make identifying problems more difficult, we have a clear monitoring process to ensure that we keep a close eye on everybody. We look for the usual symptoms, taking temperatures regularly, etc, but we also monitor anything out of the ordinary for that person.
This, combined with our monthly swab testing for Residents, and weekly for staff, makes sure that we are on top of any potential cases of Coronavirus. We follow and Government and World Health Organisations recommendations and have strict procedures if we are concerned about a Resident or staff member including isolation and temporarily stopping garden visits etc. We hate having to suspend visiting, but we know that friends and families at the homes respect the challenges that we are all facing in keeping our special group of Residents safe. Do get in touch if you would like more information about how we monitor Residents and Staff.