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23 Jan 2021
We have taken the decision to temporarily close the Studley Home to visiting following notification of a positive COVID-19 test result for a member of staff this morning (Saturday 23rd). The individual has been sent home to await the results of a confirmatory PCR (swab) test. In the meantime, the residents have been asked to remain in their rooms and staff will be taking Lateral Flow Tests (a.k.a. rapid test) every day for seven days before they commence work. This is in line with government guidance following receipt of a positive test result.
We pray for the welfare of the residents, the member of staff concerned, the Home Manager and each member of her team.
If you have any questions, please contact Adrian Topping at adriantopping@gsbf.uk or on the office land line.

 
6 Jan 2021
Home visiting 
There is currently a national lockdown in place. We understand that this means that care home visiting can still take place where there are arrangements with substantial screens in place. Therefore, visiting via our ‘Visitors Room’ may continue. 
 
Travel 
Travel is for essential reasons only within your local area. Please see the following link for deailed guidance on what is permitted in the current circumstances: 
National lockdown: Stay at Home - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) 

You are encouraged to make use of alternitve means of keeping in contact with your loved ones as much as posible. This includes vidio calls which the Homes can help to facilitate. 

Welcome to the Gospel Standard Bethesda Fund

We provide personal care and accommodation to people aged 65+ who are members of Gospel Standard Strict and Particular Baptist Churches, or who regularly attend Gospel Standard Strict Baptist chapels.

We can provide a service to people with a wide range of personal care needs, including those living with dementia and those with nursing needs who can be treated in our Homes by community/district nurses. The types of service we offer are; permanent residency, short stays for holidays or respite, and day care. In every case a detailed care plan is prepared with the resident to ensure that a personalised service suitable to their needs is provided. This is then regularly reviewed to ensure that changing requirements are met.  


An important aspect of the life of our Homes is the need to provide a spiritual as well as homelike atmosphere for like-minded people. In line with this ethos there are morning and evening Bible readings and prayer taken by male members of local Gospel Standard Chapels, or when able, male residents.  



Transport to services at local Gospel Standard Strict Baptist Chapels is provided, or for those unable to attend due to infirmity services can be listened to via the relay into the Home. Prayer meetings and hymn singing evenings are held on a regular basis in each of the Homes.   

The three Bethesda Homes are rooted in the communities from which the people using our services come from. This means that people coming into our Homes will often be living among lifelong friends and, in many cases, relatives as well. The management and staff of the Homes (many of whom are also from the same background) are supported by volunteers drawn from local Gospel Standard Strict Baptist chapels. This means that those living in the Homes can stay in contact with the people they knew before moving in.

Registered Office:
Gospel Standard Bethesda Fund
Registered Charity 209376
12(b) Roundwood Lane
Harpenden
Herts.
AL5 3BZ

 

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