Loneliness has been a large concern for many during lockdown. Particularly prevalent in the elderly, AgeUK reports 1.9 million older people can feel invisible. Government and CQC Covid-19 guidelines stipulate that care home residents are restricted to one visitor, outdoors, at a social distance.
Taking this into account, Somerset Care got extra creative with each resident in its 27 care homes and home care services. The primary focus being stimulating entertainment, catered to the needs of each resident, more one-on-one time with carers, with technology connecting residents with the outside world.
Calway House were the first care home to pilot Relsapp at the beginning of lockdown, which proved to be a hit. The safe, private app, bridges communication gaps between families’ generations, allowing residents to exchange messages, pictures, videos and music with loved ones.
Homes shared knitted hearts and letters with loved ones, to show they are in each others thoughts. Other homes spruced up their gardens with great input from residents, to make it more welcoming to visitors, and enjoyed home-grown fruit and vegetables. Unable to visit the seaside, Wessex House brought the beach to its residents, with a week of summer fete activities. Rowden House created its own music video to share with their dearest, reassuring them they are well and happy. The full video can be enjoyed here.
These extraordinary times are a reminder of the importance to support people to live the life they choose, no matter what is against them. To discover more call 0800 817 4990 or browse each of our care homes.