Department: Day Care Centre

Activity: Social group held at Starcross

Description of activity:

As the Covid 19 lockdown eases slightly Westbank are aware that many of our more isolated and or vulnerable clients need mental and physical stimulation in a small group.  Part of the Starcross shop will be used to provide a Social Group activities such as reminiscence, arts & crafts, bingo & seated exercise.  If necessary separate activity risk assessments will be completed.

Legal Requirements and Guidance for Reference:

COVID-19 – We have conducted a risk assessment for this service to produce this Safe System of Work, we have referred to the following sources:

Devon County Council: LA PPE Guidance for Staff Issue 5 V45 11.6.20 FINAL DCC - available from Westbank.

This allows a group of up to 5 singles (or 3 singles and 2 couples from the same household) to meet as a social group for quiet activities which stimulate the mind and exercise the body.

All users will be advised of the following:

  • Before attending clients will be contacted and asked if they are displaying coronavirus symptoms of a new and continuous cough, a high temperature or an unusual loss of taste or smell. If they have these symptoms they will be asked to not attend the group and contact 119 for advice on how to get a test. 
  • Clients will be asked to bring their own face coverings with them for use at times during the day.
  • Clients will arrive before the shop opens and will leave after it has closed. Clients will arrive and exit at the first back door of the shop.  This door will be controlled by the Day Centre Staff.
  • If you have a smart phone please scan the Governments QR code on the NHS track and Trace app located on the door.
  • Clients will have their temperature taken using a non touch forehead thermometer upon arrival.
  • Clients/staff will be asked to sanitise their hands upon arrival.
  • Clients are to be advised and managed so they do not shout or raise their voices which can spread the virus. At the time of writing singing or other raised voice activities are not permitted.
  • Windows will be opened front and back of social group area and fans used to increase the fresh air drawn into the room. Clients should bring warm clothing if needed.
  • Clients chairs/tables will be set to allow 2 meter social distancing (SD), they will not be required to wear face coverings at 2m, but any less than that a face covering will be required
  • Staff will be required to wear a face covering at all times in the setting.
  • A register of all clients will be kept for 21 days to assist with the Governments Track & Trace system if needed.
  • Clients will be reminded to wash/sanitise their hands at regular intervals and not touch their face.
  • Clients will have individual trays with the days activity equipment and stationary pack provided to prevent shared resources and equipment and reduce the spread of infection.
  • Whilst walking to the toilet clients will be asked to wear their face coverings whilst in the shop area. There is a strict limit on the number of people allowed in the shop, anyone will be asked to give clear passage to the client over the walkway.
  • After a client has used the toilet Day Centre staff will wipe down the shared touch surfaces such as light switch, cistern handle, toilet seat, tap heads, soap dispenser and door handles (both sides) with disinfectant spray and hand towels.
  • During lunchtimes food will be served to clients with the staff using a face covering, good hand hygiene and gloves as necessary. The dirty crockery will be washed in dishwasher as usual, washing hands with soap and water afterwards.
  • At the end of the day all touch surfaces to be wiped down, eg: tables, chairs, door handles etc

Date: 24/09/2020

Review Date: SSoW will be reviewed and regularly updated in line with government guidance.

Review carried out by:  Sarah Sluman, Day Care Centre Manager