Information regarding the Coronavirus update as of Wednesday 18th March 2020:

This week, the UK has moved from "contain" to the "delay" phase in its fight against the spread of the coronavirus outbreak and to ensure St Michaels is complying with the Public Health authorities’ recommendations, we have therefore reviewed our earlier announced visiting restrictions.

During the ‘delay’ phase, social distancing tactics are used to try to prevent accelerated transmission and as part of this, the Government has stated it will announce measures for people in at-risk groups to stay at home for 12 weeks, starting this weekend. The people considered to be in the at-risk groups include pregnant women; people aged over 70 and those with underlying health conditions. As the majority of our residents fit into two of these three categories; we have revised our visitation policy accordingly, in order to ensure we keep all our residents and staff as safe as possible.

WE ARE THEREFORE ASKING VISITORS, INCLUDING FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS, TO REFRAIN FROM VISITING OUR CARE HOME UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. TO ENSURE THAT WE KEEP OUR RESIDENTS SAFE, AND THAT OUR STAFF ARE SUPPORTED TO CONTINUE TO DELIVER GREAT CARE.

We have not taken this decision lightly, and appreciate that this may cause some discomfort, but feel that this is a necessary step to take. If there is an unexpected situation that you believe may require a visit, we would ask that you discuss and agree this with Jacky our Home Manager or Dawn our Deputy Manager prior to your arrival.

These new visitation restrictions are being taken in addition to those announced earlier, which included the cancellation of all non-essential visits from the local community and external entertainment for the foreseeable future. Our staff will do all they can to ensure that life in our services remains as comfortable and sociable as possible. We will still ensure that vital medical visits are made, and will be sure that only essential visitors who are not displaying symptoms come in, and that they wash their hands on entering.

We would really appreciate your support with these measures, and please be reassured that our priority throughout this period is to ensure that we keep our residents safe, and that our staff are supported to continue to deliver great care.

Please be assured that we will contact you if we have any concerns regarding your relative/friend. We are mindful that you may feel anxious but do respectfully ask that you keep phone calls to a minimum and emails would be our preferred line of contact as we wish to keep our phone lines relatively free.
We are in the process of arranging devices to enable Skype facilities.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Jacky our Home Manager or Dawn our Deputy Manager
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Cheryl PullingAugust, 2016

“During the two years I have been visiting I have found most of the staff including the nurses to be friendly and helpful. I have noticed on numerous occasions how short staffed the home can be. In spite of that, the staff tend to work it out amongst themselves. There is rarely tension between them. Everybody is well cared for and treated with immense dignity. Only on very few occasions have I heard the staff short tempered. I find that very impressive. Cleanliness is good. The rooms are shabby, the carpets equally so. The bedding is dreadful, old, discoloured, mismatched and ill-fitting. The food is exceptionally good. It is always served hot and well presented. Compliments to the chef. My friend's clothes are always clean but she sometimes smells of urine. Short staffed, I would blame for that. I must add that the positive comments far outweigh the negative ones. I am very happy with the love and care my friend receives. It pleases me that she is very fond of the staff.”

Shirley WellerMay, 2018

“Every member of staff at St Michael's has been very caring. They have tended my mother for four months and given her the peace she required before she passed away. They made her last few months very calm. The nurses, Carers, chefs, housekeepers, office and reception staff, and entertainers, (I hope I haven’t missed anyone) all listened to my mum and respected her wishes. Everyone always wanted to say hello to my mum and she always wanted to know how they were. St Michael's is an appropriate saint for all the ‘angels’ who work there. My mum loved to get to the library or garden room where she could sit with my dad. The staff all supported my dad as well during this very stressful time for him. (They have been together for 75 years.). Staff constantly checked that she was OK.

St Michael's is very warm and friendly. The perfect place. Thank you to you all for giving my mum so much.”

Sarah SteedJuly, 2017

“I would like to comment on this wonderful home on behalf of my family.
My dear brother was admitted to the home in May suffering with terminal cancer. Obviously a very sad, difficult time for everyone but from the day he arrived he settled in and relaxed. He was treated with kindness and understanding and all the staff, nursing and care assistants were wonderful.
My brother had severe learning disabilities and so wasn't able to communicate fully with the staff but they went out of their way to get to know him and to understand his needs. They respected his dignity and privacy at all times and made sure he was comfortable and cared for.
As the family, we were always made so very welcome, anytime day or night.
The home itself is a beautiful building which has been well looked after and is clean and welcoming. The rooms are lovely, with character and very good facilities.
The gardens are beautiful.
Thank you to everyone who helped and cared for my dear brother so well.”