Like a scene from the Great Escape, residents are now routinely seen escaping a Southport based care home using their home rickshaw! In the face of the latest restricting COVID Liverpool City Region lockdown Birkdale Park Nursing Home in Southport has developed a new approach to the visiting challenge and maintaining relationships between their loved ones.
Following the Department Health and Social Care guidance that all non-essential visiting must stop. Birkdale Park came up with an new idea of using their home rickshaw to get their residents out. Not only that but those ingenious carers have established a plastic safety screen between the two passengers to allow a resident AND relatives to enjoy trips out together. No garden visits under a drafty gazebo!
These guys are enjoying a warm trip out under blankets and enjoying a hot chocolate or icecream on Southport Pier. Jonathan Cunningham the home manager said ‘It is wonderful to see our gorgeous residents enjoy these expeditions out from the home. They are completely safe and everyone enjoys time with their loved ones.
At a time when some other homes have locked out relatives, Birkdale Park has done the opposite to arrange trips out with their most dear. At times like this we have to innovate and think of new ways of maintaining these loving relationships.’