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Care South sanctuaries welcome new care home residents safely


Published: 26th June 2020



Care South is safely welcoming new residents to its care homes after launching its ‘Assisi Admissions Plan’.

Staff at the Poole-based care provider, a not-for-profit charity, have been going to great lengths to keep their residents – and themselves – safe.

By adapting its admissions procedures, Care South has been able to continue admitting new residents safely into the sanctuary of its care homes – albeit extremely carefully and ensuring the very highest levels of safety, comfort and reassurance to their existing residents.

Some of the plan’s new measures include virtual care assessments and virtual home tours, as well as supporting new residents with extra companionship and support.

The Assisi Admissions Plan was named after the Italian town best known for being the birthplace of St Francis.  It is also renowned for having provided those in need with sanctuary and a safe haven, in beautiful and dedicated surroundings during challenging times.

Since implementing the new plan, Care South has seen an upturn in new enquiries for its 16 residential care homes across Dorset, Devon, Somerset and West Sussex, as well as its Care at Home services.

Simon Bird, Care South Chief Executive, said: “We are pleased to see that the extraordinary efforts of all our homes and carers to keep our residents safe in recent months are becoming well-known.  In recent weeks, enquiries and admissions have increased significantly, as people’s confidence in the sector is restored and they see care homes for what they are – sanctuaries and safe havens offering companionship, social interaction, a fulfilled lifestyle, good food and, above all, compassionate care.

“We have worked hard to maintain uninterrupted supply chains ensuring that at all times we have had, and continue to have, significant levels of PPE.  This has meant that no-one in Care South has been in a situation of not having appropriate PPE, and so everyone has had the confidence to deliver the very highest standards of care.  The significant additional cost of this PPE has not been passed on to our residents.

“We are delighted to have just advised relatives that arrangements are being put in place for them to safely and carefully visit their loved ones. “