Care home installs ‘Covid-secure pods’ to allow visitors to finally see residents!

Care home installs ‘Covid-secure pods’ to allow visitors to finally see residents!

by Tom Martin (September 2020)

A CARE home in Crosby has become one of the first in the country to install a ‘Covid-secure visitor pod’ so residents can finally chat with their friends and family!

Like care homes across the country, The Tithebarn, on Moor Lane, closed its doors to all but essential visitors at the start of the pandemic to protect its residents.

Staff have worked tirelessly to ensure that residents have had regular contact with their families by phone or video call, but face to face conversations have not been possible.

That is until now, because owners RMBI have managed to get ‘Covid-secure visitor pods’, which are airtight and have glass screens to ensure the protection of the elderly residents.

Visitors enter and exit the room from outside the home to minimise the risk of infection and care home residents enter their section of the room from a different door.

The pod has an intercom system to allow residents and their visitors to speak with each other easily. Both sides of the pod are deep cleaned between each visit.

Among the residents thrilled to be able to have visitors again was Betty Shepherd, who was overjoyed to see her life-long friend Barbara Philpott, who visits regularly in normal times.

Betty said: “It was absolutely lovely to see Barbara again after all these months. We had a good catch up!”

Home manager, Linda Johnson, said: “It means the world to our residents to be able to have their loved ones visit and chat to them. In normal times, they are able to have visitors whenever they like, so not being able to do that has been heart-breaking for everyone.

“We’re all looking forward to the day when they can hug each other, but until then, we hope that our new secure pod will make it a bit easier for our residents and their families.”

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