Indoor Visits Resume at Canterbury Care Home
Following the government’s guidance to permit safe indoor visits from a nominated relative or friend in care homes from Monday March 8th, Connors House Residential Care Home was delighted to open its doors this week and safely welcome relatives back.
Care homes have been locked down for almost a year now and though relatives were able to visit outside, staying 2m apart during the summer months and inside through a partition window during the winter, care home residents have been unable to be close to or hold the hands of their loved ones since March 2020.
So, staff, residents and their loved ones were over the moon to be welcoming relatives back this week, after such a long time apart and such a difficult year.
The first of the visits commenced this week, with both relatives and residents overjoyed to be reunited again. Resident, Peter Ovenden, received a visit from his sister Carol on Tuesday, Carol said: “It is absolutely lovely to be able to visit him properly again and to have that human contact.”
Another resident, Zarine Kemp, received a visit from her daughter, Laila, who said: “It is just wonderful to come in and visit mum in her room, in person. To be able to at least hold her hand has been really nice.”
Christine Devlin, Home Manager of Connors House added: “It’s been such a tough year for care homes, so we really are elated to be able to move forward and welcome relatives back to our home, albeit with PPE and safety measures in place.
“The importance of meaningful contact between residents and their loved ones cannot be underestimated and it’s been so hard to see them kept apart this past year, so it is absolutely wonderful to be able to take this first step back to normality.”