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“We Haven’t had a Case of Covid yet, and we Don’t Intend to!”

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10 June 2020

“We Haven’t had a Case of Covid yet, and we Don’t Intend to!”

Despite the alarming news surrounding care homes at the moment, our team at Connors House Residential Care Home in Canterbury are exceptionally proud they’ve managed to keep the virus out so far. We hear from them on how they’re working together to keep spirits high.

“I don’t let the media worry me,” says Laura Hammond, Senior Carer at Connors House in Craddock Road. “We keep a clean home, we keep focussed and we work together, of course we have moments of panic and worry, especially when you hear about other homes, but we talk about it and we reassure one another. We just get on with it, the way I see it is, I have a duty of care to our residents.”

“I never once worried about coming to work,” adds Sara Bond, a carer at the home. “I feel safe and confident in the running of the home and the measures we’ve put in place; I know I can talk to the managers. I did worry if we might run out of PPE but we haven’t. I live two minutes away, so I walk to work, and I go home, I don’t go anywhere else, which will minimise the risk of me bringing the virus into the home.”

Activity Coordinator, Rose Higham, who also gets a lift to work to avoid her usual bus journey agrees. “We took action immediately when Covid-19 started to escalate, locking down and closing to visitors before the government enforced it. I do think care homes were an afterthought with the government, with regard to PPE and testing, so I do feel like we’ve been let down.”

“We were definitely put on the back shelf” adds Laura, “but no one knew this was coming. I do feel there should be more appreciation for what we do but our residents’ relatives have been amazing, they are so grateful and supportive, they even send us gifts, which helps us feel valued.”

“We’ve been inundated with gifts for both residents and staff from the community, including our residents’ families, Asda and a local mosque” says Rose. “Staff leave messages of positivity in the staff room, so there’s a real feeling of ‘we’re all in the same boat’ which is good for morale.”

“Morale is good,” reiterates Laura, “we have our moments of feeling anxious, particularly with new admissions and as a senior, I feel stressed sometimes and as though I must have all the answers for the staff, but we just carry on doing what we need to do, and we’ve adapted really well. I’m incredibly proud of us as a team.”

And Sara echoes that proud feeling of togetherness: “I am very proud of us all, we have worked hard and pulled together, and in the whole three months, we haven’t had a single case of Covid-19 yet, and we don’t intend to!”

So, how has the role changed for the team in the past 12 weeks and how are they supporting the residents through this unsettling situation? “Some of the residents don’t understand the situation, so of course, we take the time to carefully explain, sympathetically, without frightening them,” says Sara. “We have lots of singing and dancing, and music, keeping everything as normal and upbeat as possible.”

“Working in activities, there’s been a real shift in the past few months,” adds Rose. “We haven’t had any visitors in to do the usual music or bingo sessions and we’re avoiding big groups, so there has been a lot of focus on one to one time and keeping in touch with families, via the phone and Skype. This takes up a lot of my day now but facilitating that is so rewarding. In a way, it feels like I’m getting to know the residents even better now, as we’re giving more emotional support, which is really special.”

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