A Sheffield care home has vowed to do all in its power to continue face-to-face visits throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Donna Pierpoint, the manager of Broomgrove Care Home off Ecclesall Road, said the mental wellbeing benefits provided by face-to-face visits far outweighed the risks, provided they were done in a safe manner and followed strict guidance.
“Many residents took very quickly to using Skype and Facetime and other technology, but others didn’t,” Donna said. “The original lockdown proved there really is no replacement for face-to-face visits and we’re determined to continue.
“Planning and managing them in a safe manner is hard but these visits are so important. Relatives have been incredibly supportive of our decision.”
All relatives visiting Broomgrove Nursing Home are required to use PPE, complete risk assessments, social distance and follow strict infection control guidance.
“I think many people forget that many of our residents are some of the strongest people on the planet,” Donna Pierpoint added.
“They lived through the harshness of World War Two and the Sheffield Blitz. They deserve dignity and respect. A care home shouldn’t be a prison.”
There have been no cases of COVID-19 so far at Broomgrove Nursing Home.
Social Care Minister Helen Whately last week announced government plans to launch a pilot scheme whereby individual relatives or friends would be given key worker status so that they could visit their loved ones in care homes.
The move followed growing concern over families being unable to visit their loved ones during lockdown.