We’ve taken the difficult decision to temporarily stop visiting at our care homes to ensure the safety of our elderly residents.
The decision has been made following a review of all available guidance from the government and Public Health England, and after assessing the risks to residents.
The government has advised that everyone at risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) should follow stringent social distancing measures and we have a duty to ensure people in our care homes are protected.
It means that all of our homes will be closed to visitors until further notice. All essential medical visits and care will continue to be provided.
Where residents are critically ill or nearing the end of their life, we will do our very best to accommodate your visiting needs and would advise families to speak to managers regarding their individual circumstances.
Our staff will do all they can to ensure that life in our homes remains as comfortable and sociable as possible.
We recognise that contact with family and friends is important and we would ask you to consider using Skype where this is possible to maintain contact, the telephone or even a hand-written letter.
This decision has not been taken lightly but we have a duty to do everything we can to keep the residents in our care safe and well during this difficult time.
We will continue to review the situation and wish to thank you for your continued support.
Accommodation and housing
As people get older they're advised to start thinking about the housing needs they may need in later life, so that a hurried decision in a crisis can be avoided.
You can find information about:
District and borough councils and housing associations provide accommodation for older people including sheltered housing and housing that may have been adapted to suit the needs of people with mobility problems. To be considered for accommodation you need to register with your local housing department:
In addition to district and borough councils there are housing associations working within the county that have accommodation suitable for older people. Your local district or borough council may have details of the associations covering your area.
Home options is a scheme that enables people currently living in council or housing association accommodation to apply to transfer to more suitable accommodation. It also allows people living in private housing to register with a district or borough council to apply for vacant social housing properties. You can contact your local district or borough council to apply.
Support to stay in your own home
Working with borough and district councils we provide a range of services to help you staying living in your own home. You can visit our help to live at home page or watch our Happy in Your home video to find out more.
Housing and accommodation for an ageing population
As the number of older people in Derbyshire continues to rise, we need to make sure we have a range of accommodation and housing to help them live safely and independently for as long as possible.
We've worked with district and borough councils to develop a strategic vision for how to do this up to 2035. Our strategic vision is attached to this page. We want to work with partner organisations across Derbyshire to explore some of the options in this document.