Oxfordshire care home welcomes visitors to COVID safe visitation suite

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RESIDENTS at an Oxford care home are welcoming their loved ones back indoors following the completion of a new self-contained and safe visitation suite.

Chawley Grove Care Home, Cumnor Hill, Oxford, has successfully completed extensive renovation work to make indoor visits cosy and comfortable.

As the winter months approach the Hamberley Care Home is committed to ensuring relatives and friends are able to see their loved ones in the comfort and safety of the home thanks to the Covid-secure Family & Friends Lounge.

Home Manager, Theresa Whitford, said: “Maintaining relationships and seeing loved ones is a key part to anyone’s emotional and mental wellbeing. This has been one of our greatest focuses during COVID-19.

“It is so important to keep these personal ties. Now we have a wonderful Family & Friends Lounge which allows people to stay connected.

“This is a very welcome addition to our home, and we are glad to see it being used so joyfully.”

The specially designed visiting space features a floor to ceiling clear screen which allows visits to take place without the need to wear PPE, whilst in the lounge.

Crucially, the totally enclosed space, which is accessible both internally and externally, means relatives can enter and exit the lounge without having any contact with the main building. This maximises infection control measures and exceptional cleaning practices are conducted between every visit.

Among the first people to use the Family & Friends Lounge at Chawley Grove are Mary McAvoy, 93, and her daughter Anne Hodgson.

Former teacher and mother of four Mary, said: “The room is wonderful – I don’t know who thought of it, but what a fantastic idea! It was so lovely to see my daughter and wonderful to have that contact.

“The ladies here do such a fantastic job – I don’t know how they do it! I feel so safe here and it makes such a difference to have these family visits.”

The inspired suite, which all loved ones will have the option of using, will allow for the precious meetings to continue inside of the home as the winter sets in.

Visits will continue to take place in the Family & Friends Lounge for the foreseeable future.

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