10th Apr, 2021

Shirley care home delight as visitors return for Mother's Day

Sarah Mason 15th Mar, 2021

THERE was double delight at a Shirley care home as they welcomed visitors indoors and residents received their second covid vaccination, just in time for Mothering Sunday.

Residents at Barchester Healthcare’s Fountains were reunited with one family member as government guidelines lifted since the start of the pandemic.

Visitors are allowed in residents bedrooms and need to have a negative Covid test result and social distance – hand holding is allowed but not reccommended.

Family member Hilary Brimson said “It was wonderful to spend time with mum, chatting, laughing and holding her hand.

“It was so much more personal and I got a real buzz from it. I think mum got a lot out of it too.”

Staff at the Stratford Road care home said residents and their designated family member enjoyed getting together and catching up face to face.

To celebrate Mother’s Day with residents at the home, staff arranged a joint afternoon tea celebration which went on into the evening with dancing and glasses of fizz to mark the occasion.

They were also celebrating residents getting their second Covid vaccination.

General manager, Sonia Tenniswood said: “This is the first cautious step towards having a buzz of visitors in the home again. It was wonderful to see how happy it made the residents and their relatives.

“For those that are not able to come inside the home we are pleased to be able to continue to offer visits in our visiting suites or outdoors when the weather allows, as well as video calls.”

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