Residents of two care homes in Oxfordshire were recently reunited with their loved ones for the first time since the start of lockdown, after new safety measures were implemented to allow for visitors.
The new measures in place at Rosebank and Churchfields enable families to visit their loved one’s face to face, in a safe environment.
Rosebank and Churchfields Care Home homes are following strict safety procedures. All visits are being carefully organised and monitored by the manager, and are taking place in the garden, with two metre social distancing.
Jane Roberts, owner of the two care homes in Oxfordshire commented: “We’re delighted to be able to introduce socially-distanced visits into both Rosebank and Churchfields.
“It needed to happen as we felt that residents required that family link that they have so dearly missed, and we can already see the positive impact that it is having on our resident’s wellbeing.
“We are feeling our way very carefully, and our families are being incredibly understanding and supportive. These are tentative first steps, as we inch our way forward to a new norm.
“Our priority is to provide a secure, safe and loving environment for our residents as well as keeping all of our residents and staff safe from the risks of Covid-19.”
It’s been almost 12 weeks since residents from the Oxfordshire homes have been face to face with their loved ones and the feedback from residents has been extremely positive with one resident commenting: “That has made my day and is going to keep me going for the rest of the week.”
Martin Woodley, who visited his mother for the first time on Thursday was delighted to be reunited after three months.
He commented: “It was so lovely to see my mum, she looked so well and happy. We have been chatting on the phone each day, but to see her again in person is just wonderful.
“I’d like to say a huge thank you to Churchfields for their care and support during these challenging times. Mum sees the staff as her second family, and she has everything she needs, which is hugely reassuring. They have been incredible.”
Rosebank and Churchfields are still offering increased FaceTime and Skype links to families who may be unable to visit during this time, and for those who like to keep in regular contact.