Staff and residents at Priory Court Care Home in Burnham-On-Sea have been enjoying welcoming visitors for the first time in several months this week.
“We are extremely pleased to be able to open our doors again as families are as much a part of our home as our residents,” says Vimal Samuel, Home Manager at Priory Court.
“It’s been very emotional to see residents’ faces light up as they see family members after so long. We know how important it is for our residents to see loved ones and this is a real boost for everyone.”
“There were many touching reunions at the homes as residents were able to see their loved ones for the first time in over four months.”
He says “one relative commented that we felt very lucky to be able to visit, thank you to all staff for looking after the residents and making everything safe for them during these last few months.”
Country Court, which had already put comprehensive guidelines for families in place before the government guidelines were announced, is asking families to comply with stringent health and safety measures to keep people safe.
Each care home has put together comprehensive information for visitors to help them understand the new procedures and feel at ease when they visit.
All visitors will be required to wear a face masks for garden visits and full PPE for indoor visits, every visitor is required to pass through a thermal imaging machine to check their temperature on arrival.
Operations Director, Helen Richmond adds: “All Country Court Care and Nursing Homes remain Covid-19 free at this time and all of the measures we have implemented for these visits are designed to keep it that way.”
“This means that visits will be different from before, but we are sure that people will understand why. These visits have been able to happen because of the hard work of all our homes to keep residents safe and it has been amazing to see how much it means to everyone”.
Other care homes in the firm opening include Summer Lane Care & Nursing Home in Weston-super-mare, Stanton Court Care & Nursing Home in Stanton Drew and The Laurels Care Home in Draycott near Cheddar.