Residents and relatives reconnect at Ashington care home

Families at an Ashington care home have been reunited as government restrictions ease.

Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 7:00 am
Residents and relatives reconnect at Woodhorn Park care home.

Residents at Woodhorn Park care home have been enjoying the long awaited reunion with one family member as a single named visitor is now allowed to visit each resident in their bedroom.

Strict protocols are in place with all visitors required to have a negative Lateral Flow Device test result before being allowed into the home, and infection control measures and social distancing in place for every visit, with hand holding allowed but not recommended.

Julie Bond, Senior General Manager at the home, said: “This is the first cautious step towards having a buzz of visitors in the home again.

"It was wonderful to see how happy it made the residents and their relatives.

"We have a great booking system in place to ensure the visits are well organised, and visitors are doing a great job of following the safety measures to keep everyone as safe as possible.

"For those that are not able to come inside the home we are pleased to be able to continue to offer visits in our visiting suites or outdoors when the weather allows”

Thelma Moore, resident at Woodhorn Park, said: “The staff here have been so wonderful supporting me to use video calls and creating the visiting suite so I could keep in touch with my family, but nothing beats seeing my niece and nephew in the comfort of my bedroom.

"This was a special moment, and I was over the moon.”