The health and safety of our residents, their families, and our staff members are our top priority at Etive House Care Home and it is our mission to ensure that we all remain as safe as possible from the threats of COVID-19. We have been following the guidance and legislation as issued by the Government and key sector bodies and we are committed to keeping our residents, their families, and our staff as well-informed as possible.

Despite the challenges we’ve faced as a result of the pandemic, our team has worked hard to implement policies and procedures that provide a level of reassurance for all residents and visitors to the home.

Keeping Safe

At Etive House Care Home continue to make use of PPE and hand hygiene products and all of our staff follow infection prevention and control measures.

We also acknowledge the importance of keeping up to date and adhering to official advice and guidance provided by the Health and Social Care Partnerships.

We continue to advise that our residents and staff remain up to date with all available vaccinations and boosters for both COVID-19 and flu and where cases do occur, we have a system for recording cases and taking appropriate action to keep any cases as contained as possible.

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Staying Connected

Following on from the impact that COVID-19 has had and continues to have on our community, we are committed to ensuring that our residents keep connected with their loved ones. We allow our residents to temporarily leave our care home for day trips and overnight stays. To enable this, residents will be required to undertake an individual risk assessment which includes the use of respiratory screening questions upon their return. There is no requirement for testing and isolation for those who temporarily leave the home but to ensure everyone’s safety, we encourage our residents to keep up with vaccinations.

During times when visiting may be restricted, such as in an outbreak, we offer a variety of electronic devices that enable our residents to video call their loved ones and stay connected. We understand the importance that human connection and participation in activities provide for a person’s mental and physical well-being, which is why we go above and beyond to support residents with their hobbies, experience new interests, and meet new people.


We understand how important it is to keep our residents, their families, and our staff safe from COVID-19. At Etive House Care Home, we are available to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Here are some FAQs regarding COVID-19. 

Since Wednesday 14 September 2022, the guidance to wear a face mask when visiting a care home in Scotland stopped. This means that you are no longer required to wear a mask when visiting a loved one in a care home. However, if you would prefer to continue wearing a mask during your visits, then you will be supported. There may also be occasions when a care home requests visitors to wear a mask, such as during an outbreak in the home.

When transferring from the community or another care home a person does not need to isolate if the circumstances at the care home / interim care facility from which the person has transferred are known.

If the resident is symptomatic or has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, then they should isolate and perform two LFT tests on day (0), and again on day (2). Isolation can end following two negative tests.

If the resident tests positive in the home, they must be isolated for 5 days. The resident can then return to their normal activities if they feel well and do not have a high temperature (without the use of medication paracetamol).

Residents who test positive should avoid contact with other people who are eligible for COVID-19 treatments for 10 days after a positive test. Residents unable to take the test should isolate for 5 days.

During an outbreak, there may be risk assessments carried out to include but are not limited to the control of visiting arrangements, admissions to the home, and the use of communal areas for a period of time. We work closely with local and national agencies in accordance with local agreements and guidance. For more information please contact our Home Manager directly.