Care home residents manage to get out and about... on rickshaws!


Care home residents manage to get out and about... on rickshaws!

by Danielle Thompson (October 2020)

CARE home residents in Birkdale have been been able to get out and about by enjoying socially-distanced rickshaw trips.

Jonathan Cunningham, care manager at  Birkdale Park Nursing Home said: “In the face of the latest rules, we  developed a new approach to the visiting challenge for residents and their relatives.

“Following the Department Health and Social Care guidance that all non-essential visiting must stop, we came up with an new idea of using a rickshaw to get our residents out!

“Not only that but our ingenious carers have established a plastic safety screen between the two passengers to allow them to enjoy trips out together meaning no garden visits under a drafty gazebo!  

“Our residents are enjoying a warm trip out under blankets and enjoying a hot chocolate or ice cream on Southport Pier. 

“It is wonderful to see them enjoy these expeditions out from the home. They are completely safe enjoying time with their loved ones.

“At a time when some other homes have locked out relatives, we have done the opposite to arrange trips out with loved ones.

“At times like this we have to innovate and think of new ways of maintaining these loving relationships.”

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