We wanted to share with you an update on how Brookside Residential Home is dealing with the current pandemic.
Sunday 24 January 2021 marked an important moment and a Huge Milestone against the prevention of Covid-19. Vaccinations took place at Brookside, for those staff members and residents who have opted to take up the offer of the vaccine.
We want to reassure you that we will continue to follow current guidance regarding our infection control practices as it is imperative we still protect those who are unable to have the vaccine.
Our testing regime is robust. Our residents are PCR tested once a month and staff members receive three tests per week – a combination of two lateral flow tests and one PCR test. This regime will continue until we are advised otherwise by the government.
The temperature of our residents is taken once a day as an additional measure to highlight any possible Covid-19 symptoms. Staff members are temperature checked at the start of their shifts when they report for duty.
We are currently not admitting any new residents to Brookside. We feel this is another way we can minimise the risk of Covid-19 entering our home.
As you are possibly already aware, the use of our visitor pod is currently suspended. This will remain the case whilst community transmission of the virus is still so active. You are still more than welcome to come to Brookside for a ‘window visit’. We do understand that these restrictions are very difficult for yourselves and your loved ones. Please be assured we are taking these measures to protect everybody and they are constantly under review.
All of our policies and procedures relevant to managing the pandemic are under constant review and any amendments made accordingly.
Please always rest assured we are looking after everyone’s mental and physical well-being at Brookside. We are continuously monitoring each resident in our care and how they are coping and constantly reviewing any additional ways we can support them and keeping them happy and stimulated.
We really miss all of your lovely faces and hope we can get back to some kind of normality in the not so distant future.
Please feel free to contact us at any time if you wish to discuss anything. and a letter has also gone out to our resident’s families.
With best wishes from Hayley and the team at Brookside. x
We have been working hard since the start of the pandemic preparing for the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The safety and wellbeing of our residents and staff is always our highest priority at Brookside.
Visiting Brookside Care home:
Visits are “important for the wellbeing of residents and loved ones” but visiting will be limited and extra precautions are needed. Visitors will be supervised “at all times” to ensure they keep to social distancing requirements and other infection control measures.
Brookside have also taken the decision to continue to minimise the number of unnecessary visits to the home.
While we pride ourselves on being a valuable member of our local community, with numerous community groups coming into the home to interact with residents, we believe at the current time this presents an unnecessary infection risk so we have placed a temporary halt on these visits. This will be regularly reviewed on an ongoing basis.
‘We understand that living with Covid restrictions can be difficult. Our staff are supporting our residents with the usual stimulation and familiarity they all need day to day.
There are films available, inhouse games, the use of Ipads (Skype and Facetime) and many of our residents make good use of the garden and field views. The introduction of garden visits in the last few weeks has also proven extremely beneficial for some residents and their families.
We would request however that family and friends do NOT visit the home if they are experiencing a high temperature, loss of taste or smell, a cough or shortness of breath or any other Covid related symptom.
You should also not visit the home if you have visited any of the COVID-19 infection hot spots as identified by Public Health England – either category 1 or category 2 countries.
For a full list of these countries and ‘at risk’ groups please go to:
It is prudent for older people and their families to know what they should do to limit their exposure to the illness.
In the meantime, we are still allowing window visits and if weather permits, the garden pod is also available. Please book appointments for visiting by telephone as we are unable to accept visits that are not pre booked. The pod requires at least 2 working days’ notice.
Our first priority continues to be to reduce the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission at Brookside and prevent any future outbreaks, to ensure the health and safety of both care workers and residents.
The Management team of Brookside Braybrooke follow all guidance to ensure policies for visiting arrangements and decisions are based on a dynamic risk assessment and minimise risk wherever possible.
As health authorities have made clear this particular virus does present more of a risk to older people and to those individuals with pre-existing medical conditions. So Brookside are taking all necessary measures to ensure that our residents and staff are as protected as much as possible. You can rest assured that the management and owners at Brookside are continuing to minimise risk and protect our staff and residents wherever possible.
This update details:
• The steps that we have been taking to prepare for COVID-19
• Information regarding visiting Brookside Care Home
• How you can help reduce the spread of COVID-19
• Training and public information
Please be reassured that there has been no COVID-19 case linked to Brookside Care Home, however we feel some additional layers of precautionary measures would be reassuring to families given that identifying, monitoring and containing the spread of the virus.
NEW Visiting Room now in progress:
We recognise that lockdown has been difficult for residents’ families and staff over the past few months and that visits and social interaction are important for all those at Brookside.
We have introduced additional protective measures within our home. As some of you will be aware, Care homes in England were allowed to reopen again for family visits in July. Throughout the end of the summer period when visiting restrictions were lifted, we were able to offer garden visits using the outside pod.
Now that the colder weather is setting in, we are now preparing a new dedicated visiting room which can be accessed through the main entrance to the home. We will provide further information once the room is ready. We will still continue to follow government guidance regarding our visiting arrangements and not hesitate to halt this if transmission rates continue to climb and the guidance changes.
How we have prepared for COVID-19:
We have adequate testing for both staff and residents and full Personal Protective Equipment at Brookside.
As soon as health authorities alerted us to the risk of COVID-19 our management team acted to ensure all of Brookside care home was well stocked in terms of essential hygiene products such as hand sanitiser, hand wash, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other relevant medical materials.
As a result, Brookside are adequately supplied for the foreseeable future and we would encourage all visitors to use these products and observe good hand hygiene when attending the home.
Please ask a staff member if you need any help.
Good hand hygiene is THE most important weapon in our fight against the spread of COVID-19.
In addition, we will be using non-invasive thermometers in reception to monitor the temperature of all staff reporting for duty and essential visitors coming into the home.
Anyone whose temperature is outside of normal limits will not be allowed to enter the building.
We are sure that you can appreciate that this is in the health interests of all residents and staff.
How you can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 (source: Public Health England)
1. If you have been in contact with someone with coronavirus or have returned from an affected area identified by the Chief Medical Officer as high risk and you are feeling unwell with a cough, difficulty breathing or fever, stay at home and use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service or call NHS 111.
2. Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.
3. To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.
4. Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.
Training and public information at Brookside:
Public information notices have been displayed in our home now for a number of months regarding the risk of the spread of COVID-19 and the steps we can all take to minimise this.
To that end, and as part of our ongoing infection control measures, we have conducted additional infection control training sessions which will include handwashing training sessions with all care staff to ensure we are doing everything we can to minimise the risk of virus transfer in the home and thorough hand washing is vital in our day to day life.
For the latest information on COVID-19 and how to minimise your risk of infection please go to the following websites:
If you have any other questions regarding Brookside Care Home preparedness for COVID-19, please contact us on 01858 465899. If you have a loved one staying with us at Brookside and have not received this notice by email, we may not have your email address in our contacts. Please email us with your full name and email address, and the name of your loved one residing with us, along with a contact number or proof of identity so that we can verify you to [email protected]
We will post general updates on our Facebook page so you can see the latest happenings and goings on at Brookside.
A message from us all:
From All of us here at Brookside ‘’ We miss you all coming in to see us and we wish you all a safe and healthy year.
We are all in this together and we are only a phone call away whenever you need us.’’
Best wishes
Hayley White

Brookside in Braybrooke …Fabulous care home, kind lovely staff.

“Fabulous care home, kind lovely staff. My mother in law loves her life here. I’m so grateful and relieved that she is so well cared for and happy.
You all really do deserve praise. It’s like a ton of weight has been taken off my shoulders knowing Anne is happy and content with you. When we came to take Anne out last week it felt like we were walking into a family members home. Gorgeous food, warm happy, cozy atmosphere. I could have easily kicked off my shoes and thought I was home. Well done! you lot. People like you who do such a fantastic job with elderly vulnerable people seriously are stars. Thank you.”

We’ve added a few more piccies from the weekends V.E Day celebrations at Brookside. Thanks everyone for your lovely comments yesterday, we do pass them on to staff and residents and it means a lot!

We hope this helps you and your family feel a bit more connected to Brookside.
Even Apart, We Try To Feel Together..

Happy VE day.

Yesterday we made ‘Missing You’ and ‘Thinking of You’ cards for family members with Amyy.
Our residents really enjoyed it and the cards have been sent off to a family member, so hopefully some of you should receive them soon…
Smiles all round.

Hope you are all keeping safe and well out there x

We will are Skype ready at Brookside for those who would like to video call their family member.

For those who are not familiar with Skype. Skype is a FREE app for both Android (normal PC) and for IOS ( iPhones, iPads) etc.

It will allow you to live video chat to your loved ones for free whilst actually seeing them face to face.

Once you have down loaded the app, please contact us via Facebook messenger for the log in details for the Brookside Skype.

We hope to hear from you soon and hopefully seeing love, smiles and laughter from you all knowing everyone is safe and well.

This village of Braybrooke has a delightful community spirit and is home to the lovely Joan who has spent her January knitting two lovely colourful blankets as gifts for our residents…

How lovely!
Thank you sooo much Joan – very kind


“Fabulous care home, kind lovely staff. My mother in law loves her life here. I’m so grateful and relieved that she is so well cared for and happy.
You all really do deserve praise. It’s like a ton of weight has been taken off my shoulders knowing Anne is happy and content with you. When we came to take Anne out last week it felt like we were walking into a family members home. Gorgeous food, warm happy, cozy atmosphere. I could have easily kicked off my shoes and thought I was home. Well done! you lot. People like you who do such a fantastic job with elderly vulnerable people seriously are stars. Thank you.”
Angela Scrase: 21 Nov 2019

(Dare we say it) We’re getting ready for January 2020 here at Brookside.
Our activities coordinator (Jerri) plans a variety of activities and pursuits throughout the weeks that involve both individual and group participation.
Activities include arts and crafts, Pampering, Quizzes, Bowling, Armchair aerobics, Piano sing alongs, Manicures, Dominoes, Live Music and Movie sessions.
Here’s whats happening in January 2020…
AND A Happy New year to all our staff, residents, friends and family from all of us at Brookside. xx.

Festivities at Brookside:

We shared lots of festive fun yesterday at our Xmas party singling along to Live music Entertainer Barry Noble. Christmas at Brookside is lovely and cosy. We are here for the residents and we try to make Christmas as special as we can.
Christmas is relaxed, jolly and fun. Those of us staff who are working on Christmas Day want to have a lovely day too. We even have a visit from Santa planned Xmas day morning and every single resident gets a Christmas present.
We have Xmas carol singling later today and mince pies…
and we’ll be keeping in touch as the next week unfolds…