In Haslemere, the Redcot Care Home which specialises in residential care has been going above and beyond to support the wellbeing, mental and physical health of its residents, their families and staff during the unprecedented lockdown period.
The Team at Redcot has ensured the residents have had enjoyable, fun-filled days with lots of safe activities and ongoing communications taking place. Highlights include; the regular sing-along sessions, outside afternoons on the terrace with a socially distanced local entertainer, Bill Clayton, and gardening time in the beautiful grounds which are surrounded by scenic countryside.
Residents have also been enjoying arts and craft sessions, quizzes and a wide range of other activities, plus the staff have been helping residents to make calls and FaceTime chats to their families and loved ones.
One resident Grace’s daughter Christine said:
“When the restrictions on non-essential visits came in I was very concerned that I would not be with Mum. I was delighted when the team introduced Facebook Portal calls early in the lockdown period. I have been able to spend so much time with my Mum and she thinks I am in her room rather than just virtually on a screen.”
“I feel they have done so much to keep things the same for residents. Like the recent socially distanced garden party for residents when my Mum was helped by staff to put on her best summer dress. I was delighted to be sent a picture of her having a great time and thoroughly enjoying a Magnum!! Ice cream that is!!!
The Redcot team also engaged with a local school, St Bartholomew’s, and pupils have been writing to the Redcot residents throughout the lockdown. The letters have really cheered the residents up; so much so, they have been replying to the children with letters of their own. In addition, local church members have also been writing to the residents and have sent Chocolates to the staff.
Head of Marketing and Communications at Friends of the Elderly, Jessica Stone said: “‘It’s the little things …’ is giving our residents, their families, our care home staff and volunteers a way to share positive messages to keep them connected during these difficult times.
“We believe ‘It’s the little things…’ is a lovely way for everyone to express the little things that matter the most to them about each other; their happy moments, love, appreciation and gratitude to show how much we all value each other and are looking forward to spending time together again.”