Covid-19 Winter Update at LauraLynn

Published: 28 Oct 2020

In light of Level 5 restrictions, we would like to update you on the measures now in place at LauraLynn.

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LauraLynn is committed to supporting all children, adults and families in our community of care, wherever they are, in every way we can. As an essential healthcare provider, we will continue to remain open throughout all levels of restrictions, operating in line with public health guidelines.

At LauraLynn, we care for some of the most vulnerable in our society. Our focus is on protecting their health and well-being and that of their families, our volunteers, supporters and our staff. We strive to be responsive to their changing needs and the evolving environment in which we operate.

In light of the Level 5 restrictions currently in place to suppress the spread of Covid-19, we would like to update our families, healthcare professionals and the public of the measures now in place in LauraLynn, including:

Residential Disability Service:

  • Visits to residents have been suspended except on critical/compassionate grounds.
  • In the absence of Day Services, we are implementing a programme of recreational activities to replace it and give structure and focus to each day.

Children’s Hospice Service:

  • LauraLynn House remains open, at reduced capacity due to social distancing standards. We are also providing some in person care in the family home. Current services include:
    • Planned short stays (respite)
    • Crisis/Emergency stays
    • End-of-Life Care
  • In addition, our virtual children’s hospice care and supports are available to families in the comfort of their own homes, including:
    • Therapeutic interventions (e.g. music, play and family therapy)
    • Psychosocial supports (e.g. counselling, chaplaincy, social worker etc.)
    • Clinical/Nursing supports (e.g. symptom management, wellness calls)
    • A Nurse Helpline support is available 24/7

Children’s Disability Respite Service:

  • Our children’s disability respite service, Hazel House, remains open for planned respite, at reduced capacity due to social distancing standards.
  • A Nurse Helpline support is available 24/7.

Additional Measures:

  • A comprehensive range of Infection Prevention and Control measures are in place to ensure the safety of all our residents, children, families and staff. 
  • Restrictions are in place to limit the amount of people on our campus. Only necessary and essential clinical, non-clinical and contract staff are currently working on site. 

Our main reception is now closed to the public.

  • In line with restrictions we unfortunately will be unable to accept donations and gifts (such as toys, chocolate, books or treats etc.) this Christmas. But we would like to thank you for thinking of us.

Providing a community of care is at the heart of what we do in LauraLynn and we will continue to provide this care throughout the pandemic, in every way that we can.

Huge thanks from everyone in LauraLynn to all our supporters and donors for their continued assistance and gifts in recent months. We simply couldn’t do what we do without you all. We hope you will continue to think of and support us as we head into Christmas and 2021.

Take care and stay positive. We will get through this together.