Adapting to the new normal


A letter from Managing Director, Sean Black.

There’s no denying it, everyday life as we know it has changed. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected everyone and continues to do so daily. Care Homes were undeniably hit hard by this dreadful virus but the good news is that, we’re all making progress and I am very pleased to report Lindemann Healthcare continue to have zero cases of Covid-19 in the latest testing of our residents and our staff.

Following strict guidance published by the Scottish Government, we were able to facilitate garden visits with a single nominated visitor at Morningside Manor, Canal View Care and Lorimer House from Thursday 03 July and I’m delighted that we’ve had a positive start to this phased reintroduction of visitations. We know it’s been hard not seeing your loved ones during Lockdown, but thank you for your patience whilst new systems are put in place. Thank you for also abiding by the rules, maintaining social distancing measures and wearing face coverings. We know it’s not been easy.

Despite visitations being limited, residents are being kept busy with new activities, music in the gardens, tea parties, food tastings and even some virtual activity classes including Tai Chi.

This week we were hoping to share news of the Government’s Phase 3 plans – care home visitation indoors – but unfortunately Cabinet Minister Jeane Freeman has advised all cares homes in Scotland that this phase is still under review and that we must continue with the current arrangements for now. I know this will come as a big disappointment for many but I’m certain the next phase will come into effect when the Scottish Government deems it safe to do so. Until then, we must be patient. In the meantime, please continue to use other means of communication – we have lots of digital options including Skype and Seesaw or, of course, a phone call or good old letter.

Thank you as ever for your support and for the great care our staff provide. Keep safe and keep caring!