A not for profit care home provider has come up with an innovative solution to having to isolate new admissions during lockdown.
Brendoncare, which runs 10 care homes in the south of England, is offering relatives the chance to move into their homes during the 14-day isolation period necessary during the pandemic.
Zoe McCallum, COO of Brendoncare, told CHP: “For the new people who are coming into a care home it’s really quite an anxious time. Residents coming into a care home don’t see all of our carers’ faces because they are behind masks and visors. So that personal touch can be difficult.”
By housing a resident and their family member in adjoining rooms, Zoe explained how they can be isolated together in the same bubble with no requirement for PPE.
“We don’t want our new admissions to sit in the room on their own, we want them to sit with their loved one,” Zoe added.
“We are trying to put ourselves in the resident’s place by thinking ‘if this was me what would I want in this situation?’”
Brendoncare, which has suffered an 8% drop in occupancy during the pandemic, hopes that softening the separation process and combating the isolation of new residents can help boost new admissions and increase confidence in their care homes.
“It’s taken the scariness out of moving into a care home for a lot of people,” Zoe added. “It’s about giving confidence to the person moving in and to the relative.”
The trials launched this month at Park Road, Winchester and Alton, Hampshire, (pictured) with the charity aiming to soon roll-out the scheme to all its care homes.