Sheila joined by family to celebrate 101st birthday at Fern Brook Lodge

Published: 19th August 2020

A resident at Fern Brook Lodge care home, Gillingham, was delighted to be able to celebrate her 101st birthday with her family, now visits have been safely reintroduced.

Since July, the residential and dementia care home has been welcoming back friends, family and even beloved pets in a responsible and risk-managed way.

This means that residents have been able to celebrate birthdays, wedding anniversaries and other special occasions again with the people who matter most to them.

As well as receiving cards, gifts and flowers on her special day, Shelia’s best present came in the form of her daughter Jane and granddaughter Susan.

As they have been doing throughout the pandemic, Care South has proactively taken steps to ensure the safety of residents and staff from Covid-19, including social distancing during the visits, deep cleaning and preventing visitors from bringing the virus into the homes.

Aaron Whitehead, Director of Residential Care, said: “Throughout the pandemic, we have been balancing the need to keep our residents safe from the dangers of Covid-19, but also we have maintained compassionate, social and enjoyable places to live.

“For some time now, we have been in a position to allow friends and family members to visit thanks to the incredible efforts of our staff in the care homes to keep them safe. It has brought great joy to our carers to see relatives connecting with loved ones in person once again.

“As always, we will be monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus situation and will regularly review the policies and procedures in place to ensure the very highest standards of care and infection control.”

Although in-person visits have only recently resumed at Care South’s care homes, staff have been going above and beyond since the beginning of the lockdown to keep residents connected with friends and family, whether that be via video calls, letters and photos, or socially distanced visits through windows.