A group of 30 heroic care workers have moved into a Herne Bay care home to look after residents during the coronavirus outbreak.
The staff at St Brelades and The Cumberland care homes have left their own families to look after the 55 ladies living in the locked down home.
Larry Berkowitz, Owner of St Brelades and The Cumberland, told CHP: “We’ve never faced anything like this before, and we’ve worked really hard to make sure that our residents and carers are all as safe as possible. I am so proud of all the carers for their sacrifice, dedication and hard work, and for the way in which they have all come together in really tough circumstances to provide the best possible care for those who are most in need.”
The management have adapted the home to accommodate both the carers and residents living together, including the offices, training rooms and meeting rooms, to hold new beds and bunk beds. They have arranged all catering to be delivered to the door and taken in by the catering staff. Entertainment has been provided for the carers, including barbeques and the purchasing of x boxes, play stations, and Wii consoles.
A local entertainer has also volunteered to live permanently at the home during the crisis. The carers and entertainers play live music and arrange various other activities for the residents, such as exercise classes, art and crafts, baking, and some fun entertaining activities done via live streaming on TVs.