Residents at RMBI Care Co. Home Cadogan Court, in Exeter, were delighted to be able to meet their loved ones in person for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
The Home has opened its doors to family visits, following new guidance from the government, which allows each care home resident to receive visits from one family member or loved one.
One of the first residents to be reunited with her daughter in person is Brenda Evans, aged 91. She said: “It was lovely to see my daughter Holly once again and hold her hand. It’s so nice to be in the same room together.”
Brenda’s daughter, Holly, said: “The room is lovely and so much more personal than talking through the glass in the visitor pod. Next time I visit, I will bring my tablet so I can facilitate a video call between mum and the rest of the family.”
To ensure the health and safety of residents and staff at the care home, each visitor must undertake a lateral flow test before entering the Home and receive a negative result for Covid-19, before meeting their loved one in person. They must also wear suitable personal protective equipment (PPE), which includes gloves, apron and a mask.
Cadogan Court closed its doors to all but essential visitors before the first national lockdown last year to protect its residents and staff. Families have still been able to visit using the Home’s Covid-secure visitor pod, which opened last summer.
Staff have worked tirelessly to ensure residents have had regular contact with their families by phone or video calls. However, this is the first time residents have been able to meet in the same room as their loved one without a physical partition.
Home Manager, Clare Walker, said: “We are thrilled to be able to reunite our residents safely with their loved ones in person. Our caring staff have gone above and beyond to support our residents to stay connected with their loved ones, which is vital for their wellbeing.”
Cadogan Court, run by RMBI Care Co., is part of the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The Home is currently able to safely welcome new residents. For more information, please visit: http://www.rmbi.org.uk/