What a few months we have all experienced with lockdown and the Coronavirus. Nursing homes have been much talked about in the press and we want to update you on our “new normal” at The Lawns.
Caring through Coronavirus
We are so proud of Team Lawns: Going above and beyond, working so hard under the new infection control regime to protect residents and supporting them to live their normal days.
Thank you to For the Love of Scrubs for making headbands – who knew wearing facemasks all shift would make your ears so sore!
As part of the Heritage Manor group we independently sourced and took delivery of 14,000 facemasks from China at the outbreak of the virus. We also sourced face shields / visors. The supply chain is now stabilising, along with national provision from the Government, so we will stay fully stocked.
Throughout the pandemic our staffing teams have had a full supply of PPE to keep both themselves and residents safe.
COVID-19 FREE since mid-May.
It has been undeniably tough at times, particularly at the outset of the virus when no-one was sure of its impact and everyone was fearing the worst. We sadly lost one resident, who passed away with Covid-19 listed alongside other causes. We all felt his loss and our thoughts are with his family. A handful of residents who were symptomatic have thankfully fully recovered. It is so incredibly reassuring for staff and families that even the most vulnerable of people can beat this.
Our rigorous infection control procedures stopped the spread of the virus and our home is has been free from Covid-19 since mid May. The testing, which is now available for staff and residents, is giving further reassurance.
Our home manager Melanie Dawson and her team at The Lawns are continuing to work closely with our NHS colleagues, Public Health England and our GP to ensure our residents stay safe and Covid-19 stays out of our home. Our residents care and well being are, as always at the heat of everything we do.
The Coronavirus “new-normal” for residents
Our residents are now used to our team wearing facemasks and smiling with their eyes and social distancing is more familiar. Families are always in our thoughts, but the warmth and friendship between our team and residents makes The Lawns a happy relaxed home and gives residents that family support until they can see their families again.
Our residents have embraced technology, skyping, Facetiming and Zooming with their families and friends. Our tremendous fundraising efforts mean we have bought our new interactive Table.
We have also been donated a new iPad from AJ Bell. A huge thank you to them for understanding the need for face to face screen time with loved ones.
Living life to the full in lockdown
There is never a dull moment at The Lawns and Joy, our activities and wellbeing leader has ensured residents have kept busy and entertained, knowing social distancing and time apart from their loved ones is so hard. The Lawns team have put their worries about the pandemic to one side and focused on bring joy and happiness into The Lawns.
VE Day celebrations!
What a day …. we remembered, we reminisced, we celebrated, we sung our hearts out and we are very, very thankful.
Our home was festooned with bunting and flags, residents and staff dressed up and we had a fabulous strawberry tea.
National Carers Week
Not all heroes wear capes! – although to celebrate National Carers Week, our team of super heroes did! Team Lawns in their PPE and fancy dress, bringing fun and crazy capers! Lots of laughter, a great quiz and goodie bags for residents and carers.
See how our garden grows!
Residents have embraced our garden project. They helped with the design and through this coronavirus lockdown our lovely gardeners have been planting up tubs, boxes, watering and weeding. Our gentlemen residents, especially avid gardener Colin, have really got stuck in. Our allotments are now showing the results of our endeavours. Christine remembered the joy of shelling peas as a child and to see her face picking and snapping fresh peas, was a lovely moment.
Thank you’s especially to our local community for all the donations of plants and seedlings. Also to Helen Smith of Haemmerlin UK who saw our broken wheelbarrow on Facebook and delivered us a new one.
Also to own Charlie Dimmock, our fantastic nurse Ruth, who gives up her days off nursing for days in gardening.
Thank you to one of our lovely carers, who is also a hairdresser, for ensuring our ladies have stayed glamorous and our gents all spruced up. Nothing like some TLC and pampering to give everyone a lift.
Person-centred care and friendship.
One to one quieter time to ease any worries, share a game or crossword, have a chit chat, enjoy hobbies, share family news. Whatever each resident likes to do at home.
Each week in August is centred around a theme.
1st – 9th August: Summer holidays: Ice cream and lolly making, picnics, holiday memories, seaside activities and a pub in the garden to mark International Beer Day on the 7th.
10th-16th August: Afternoon tea and National Allotments week: Reminiscence quiz with fruit and veg, garden scrap-booking and allotment hints and tips, baking for an afternoon tea on the 14th. Sunday church service.
17th-23rd August: Scarecrow Festival and miniature garden competition: Making scarecrows and miniature gardens for a festival to include entries from our sister homes and local community. Entries to be displayed in our front garden with judging and prizes to be awarded. BBQ on the 21st.
24th – 30th August: Countryside traditions week: Country crafts, butter making, crafting lavender bags, barn dance on the 28th with apple juice and cider tasting. Sunday church service.
Our events and activities are currently in-house for our residents only at this time, which we are sure you understand due to the risk of coronavirus.
However, if you would like to enter the Scarecrow Festival and Miniature Garden competition, please contact Joy at [email protected] Your entry will be displayed in our front garden and will be included in the judging.
Thank you to our community for our help through Coronavirus
Thank you to our local community for your support, generosity and kind words at this time. All the wonderful letters, kind words and pictures from children and donations from our community have been such a boost.
Our residents may have been isolating, but you have made sure they have not felt isolated.