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COVID-19 Latest Update

COVID-19 Latest Update<br>
The health, safety and wellbeing of our residents and colleagues are always our top priorities. We have therefore taken comprehensive action to prepare for, and respond to, the growing coronavirus outbreak in the UK.

This page will continuously update with the latest advice from Berkley Care Group about the steps we are taking at our homes. This information is intended for Berkley Care Group residents, colleagues and any visitors to our homes only.

For comprehensive information about coronavirus itself, please visit either the gov.uk or NHS websites, or if you are concerned you or someone you are in contact with has coronavirus, call 111.

Visiting Groveland Park

For Groveland Park, the health and safety of our residents and colleagues is our top priority. As such, we have made the decision to stop all non-essential visitors to our home until further notice.

We have not taken this decision lightly, but we know our visitors, including relatives and loved ones, would want us to do everything possible to keep the residents in our care safe and well.

Non-essential visits include routine visits from relatives and loved ones, visits from individuals such as hairdressers and entertainers, and from professionals and contractors carrying out non-essential services.

If you can delay your visit or achieve its purpose via another method (i.e. through a phone call or video call), please do so. We are in the process of setting up a Skype video calling facility for our residents and we will update you as soon as this is in place with details of how to contact your loved ones.

Requests for essential visits where exceptional circumstances arise will be considered. Please contact the General Manager directly on 01322 523090 to discuss and arrange this.

If an essential visit is granted, we ask that a number of steps are taken to limit any potential risk - these are outlined in the next section.

Please do not attempt to arrange a visit to Groveland Park for any reason if you currently feel unwell, particularly if you have a cough, a fever or high temperature, or have shortness of breath, or if you have been in contact with someone who may have coronavirus.

How to safely visit Groveland Park

If an essential visit to Groveland Park has been agreed, it is important that you do so safely and in a way that minimises the risk of infection to our residents and colleagues. Therefore, before visiting and whilst on site, please consider the following:

- Handwashing. It is important that you wash your hands thoroughly before you visit Groveland Park, and regularly whilst you are at the home. Please make sure you wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds, using either hot water and soap or 60% alcohol sanitiser gel that we have provided throughout the home. The NHS has a video guide to effective handwashing here.

- Coughs and sneezes. We understand there are many reasons why someone may cough or sneeze, however, if on an essential visit, please make sure you have a tissue on you at all times so that you can catch a cough or sneeze. Please then immediately dispose of the tissue in the bin and wash your hands.

Protecting our residents and colleagues

Please be assured that Berkley Care Group is treating this matter with the utmost seriousness and comprehensive contingency plans are in place in the event of a coronavirus outbreak at a home. We will, of course, update you should this be the case and outline what additional measures we will be taking.

In response to the growing UK coronavirus outbreak, we have created a dedicated steering group. Led by Jenny Fuller, our Operations Director, this group comprises our senior leaders from across the business who are now meeting regularly via conference call to review and further develop our plans, reflecting the evolving situation. The group is monitoring and reacting to the latest guidance issued by the UK Government, the NHS and public health bodies.

The steering group has already taken action, including working to secure the medical supplies we may need in the event of an outbreak in a home, and developing and implementing the policies and protocols needed to make sure Berkley Care Group can continue to provide high-quality care during this time.

All home General Managers and colleagues have been informed of the steps we are taking and how they can help prevent the spread of infection. This includes establishing handwashing stations in the reception areas of all homes, installing additional prominent signage about handwashing, and completing the infection control training modules through our digital learning platform.

The homepage on our website www.grovelandpark.co.uk will have a link that will be updated regularly to reflect the latest information and advice regarding any additional steps we are taking to safeguard the health of our residents and colleagues. Please continue to refer to this for all further communication on the COVID-19 outbreak.

For anyone connected to Groveland Park who has further questions about our response to the coronavirus, please call the General Manager on 01322 523090.


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March Events at Groveland Park 2020

March Events at Groveland Park 2020
On Wednesday 11th March, we’re going back in time for our 1950s, ’60s and ’70s Show with the one and only Guy Watson! Guy is a vocalist and electric guitarist who has been performing worldwide for over 20 years. He has a vast repertoire of pop and rock songs from the ’50s ’60s and ’70s and has a fantastic ability to get everyone dancing and singing along.

On Thursday 26th March, join us for a Magic Show! Mike the Magician has been delighting audiences for many years, bringing laughter and mystery wherever he performs. Don’t miss a trick – come along and join in the fun on what’s sure to be a magical evening!

Please RSVP to events@grovelandpark.co.uk or 01322 523 090 to let us know you’re coming. As always, our events are completely free of charge and include complimentary refreshments! Food options are subject to change.


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February Events at Groveland Park 2020

February Events at Groveland Park 2020
We have two brilliant events lined up for February here at Groveland Park and we really hope you can join us.

We're starting things off on Monday 10th with a visit from the Fab Two, a fantastic Beatles tribute duo who know this iconic band's repertoire inside-out.

On Monday 24th February, we're excited to be holding a Rat Pack & Swing Show here in our home! Idreiss will be here to sing so many songs that we know and love, so get ready to sing along and boogie the night away.

Please RSVP to events@grovelandpark.co.uk or 01322 523090 to let us know you're coming! As always, everything is completely free of charge. Food options are subject to change.

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January Events at Groveland Park 2020

January Events at Groveland Park 2020
Well, do we have a great start to the year planned for you! We have two fantastic events lined up for January, and we really hope you can join us. As always, everything is completely free of charge - that's entertainment and refreshments!

We're starting our 2020 evening entertainment off on Tuesday 14th January, with a Buddy Holly Tribute! Rob Maskell has a wealth of experience portraying Buddy, and we can't wait to have him here at Groveland Park. Why don't you come along and dance the night away with us?

Our second event in January is a Vintage Jazz & Swing Show! Join us on Tuesday 28th January and enjoy a wonderful performance by Miss Peggy Rose, a vintage vocalist who's going to sing all the old favourites. No doubt you'll be singing along too!

Please let us know you're coming by calling us on 01322 523090 or emailing events@grovelandpark.co.uk to RSVP. We hope to see you very soon!

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December Events at Groveland Park 2019

December Events at Groveland Park 2019
Well, do we have a brilliant December lined up for you! We have two fantastic events taking place here at Groveland Park, and we really hope you can join us.

We’re starting things off on Friday 6th December with a visit from Tickled Pink Productions! They’ll be performing their Beauty and the Beast Pantomime for us, so it’s sure to be a good giggle and entertaining for the entire family.

On Monday 30th December, we’re rounding off the year in style with Gemma Louise Doyle. Gemma’s an incredibly versatile performer with a truly beautiful voice. Having performed for audiences in London’s West End and Las Vegas, we’re delighted to have Gemma here at Groveland Park.

Whether you like the look of one or both of our December events, we do hope you can make it to Groveland Park this December. Please let us know you’re coming and RSVP to events@grovelandpark.co.uk or 01322 523090.


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The Diamond Jubilee Club

The Diamond Jubilee Club
On the last Tuesday morning of every month from 10.30am until 12.15pm, the Diamond Jubilee Club runs at Bexley Christian Life Centre. And we had a great time last week.

Our visit to the diamond jubilee club is always one of our favourite places to visit as we have been for many years now - it's a place where local care homes and friends of the community come to visit. It is designed for the over 65s in our community who are lonely and isolated and looking for friendship, and also those who experience memory loss. It is open to all who feel they would benefit from a morning of music and song, where professional artistes are sometimes invited alongside our Pastor Del and his wife Carol. We play hymns and entertain with songs from the shows, sing-a-longs, and melodies from the 1940s to present day. Although music is used as reminiscence therapy, it is simply for fun as well!

The club can give carers a well-deserved break, but carers are also very welcome to attend. The team of volunteers provide simple crafts and there is always a chance for a chat over tea or coffee and homemade cakes. Prayer is offered to those who would benefit! The club is entirely free of charge.

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November Events at Groveland Park

November Events at Groveland Park<br>
We have two events lined up for the month of November, starting with a visit from the Swingtime Sweethearts to commemorate Armistice Day. Join us on 11th November as we reminisce, with this wonderful wartime duo here to sing all our favourite songs from the 1940s.

Our second event for November will take place on Wednesday 27th, when we’ll be hosting a singer and ukulele duo here at Groveland Park. Elkie and Anna will be here to perform all sorts of songs, with a musical mix of old and new classics. You won’t want to miss this event!

As always, everything is completely free of charge, including refreshments. Please RSVP to events@grovelandpark.co.uk or 01322 523 090 to let us know you’re coming. We hope to see you at one or both of our November events.


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October Events at Groveland Park 2019

October Events at Groveland Park 2019
October is shaping up to be another brilliant month here at Groveland Park, as we have two wonderful events to look forward to.

The first is a Tom Jones Tribute Act, Danny Owen! Danny has been performing around the world for many years, so we can’t wait for what’s sure to be a thoroughly entertaining evening here at Groveland Park.

Our second event is also a tribute act, but this one’s a Tribute to ABBA. Come and join us for a night of fun and laughter, full of feather boas and classic ABBA hits!

If you’d like to join us at our October events, please RSVP to events@grovelandpark.co.uk or 01322 523090. As always, our events are free of charge and include complimentary refreshments. Food options are subject to change.


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