A care home in Clayton-le-Moors is keeping residents on the ball and in high spirits with games of socially distanced bingo.
Hope House, based on Rishton Road, is using tablets and WhatsApp video calls to allow residents who have opted to self-isolate to join in the fun with their friends.
Residents who are not isolating gather in the home’s lounge to hear the numbers being called, and staff are supporting residents who would prefer to stay in their rooms to participate via technology.
This ensures that anyone in the high-risk categories being shielded under NHS advice can still be included in group activities and avoid feelings of loneliness.
Cathy Yates, home manager at Hope House care home, said: “Our residents have been amazing during the coronavirus crisis, as they’ve had to respond to a number of changes, but they’ve approached everything with a smile.
“We love a game of bingo, and it was important to us that even those who’d been advised to shield, due to being in a high-risk group, could still see their friends and join in group activities we have going on.
“At Hope House, community is at our very heart, and we will do everything in our power to ensure everyone feels included and happy. The residents love using the technology and we’re happy to help them use it.”
Pat a resident at Hope House care home, said: “It’s fantastic that we have access to all these gadgets to help us keep in touch with our friends and family, as well as other people in the home that we can’t be in the same room with.
“The staff are being wonderful too. I can’t wait for the next game of bingo. I’m feeling lucky!”
Hope House is part of Larchwood Care and is managed by Healthcare Management Solutions. The care home is currently rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission. Across the Larchwood portfolio, the regulator ratings reflect the exceptionally high standards of care given and the drive of every team member to continually improve the care they give.