Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid a visit to Excelcare’s Westport Care Home in Stepney Green yesterday before his ground-breaking social care announcement.
The PM, who was accompanied by Health Secretary Sajid Javid and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, chose the Tower Hamlets home after it was highlighted as a London home of excellence by the PM’s office for managing the risk of COVID-19 exceptionally well, in addition to the whole team being 100% vaccinated prior to the requirement made in law.
Upon arrival to the home, the ‘big three’ met with Osman Ertosun, Owner of Excelcare and his right-arm woman Sam Manning, COO (Chief Operating Officer) to discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on the care home operations, the importance of an ongoing recognition needed for the dedicated and caring frontline team members, as well as the need to support care homes with the cost of delivering care.
The Prime Minister and his team then spent time with the people living in the care home, enjoying arts & crafts, Connect Four and general chats about life.
One resident was particularly delighted to be able to tell the PM that he is engaged and soon to be wed, of which the PM replied: “I’ve not long done that too”, which created laughter amongst all and enabled the visit to open out to team members for engaging chats and selfie’s with the special guests, before everyone enjoyed a good sing-song out in the sunshine in the care home’s garden.
Kathleen, who has lived at the home since September 2020, said she felt very privileged as the PM visited her room by special invitation so that she could show how homely her bedroom was and have a chance to chat about how much she enjoys living at Westport Care Home.