Nursing home residents and families finally reunited
12th January 2021
It was always going to be an emotional moment when family members were finally able to hug their loved ones again after nearly nine months apart.
Vulnerable residents at Wentworth Court in Cheltenham, who live with moderate to severe dementia, have been protected in a support bubble with the care team at their nursing home without outside visitors since March.
But with the home offering rapid, onsite Covid-testing from Monday December 14, managers are confident that visits to loved ones can resume.
Kath Price (89) from Pittville in Cheltenham was the first relative to take the fast-track test and be reunited with her 94-year-old husband Eric after testing negative.
Eric, who has a diagnosis of dementia, has been living at Wentworth Court for nearly two years. The couple spent their 69th wedding anniversary apart earlier this year and Eric’s 94th birthday at the weekend. They have been keeping in touch by Skype calls twice a week.
Kath said: “When I got the call to say that the tests had arrived and finally I could come in, I was completely overwhelmed, it was such a relief. We’ve never been apart this long and I have missed him so much, worried that he might forget me because of his condition.
“The team here have been incredible, and I have every faith that he has been very well cared for and they’ve kept his spirits up, but it’s just so wonderful to see him again and finally give him a hug.”
Home Manager, Gez Ossai added: “We are very grateful to our residents’ families who have been very patient and understood why we have had to keep the home locked down to keep everyone safe.”
“We know it’s been very difficult for them to be apart for so long, but now we have supplies of the lateral flow antigen tests, which provides results within 30 minutes, it’s a game-changer. With the right safety measures in place, we are very pleased that the wait is over and relatives will be reunited in time for Christmas.”
Visitors to the home will take the test in the car park and await a negative result before being allowed onsite. A ground floor bedroom has been put aside as a visiting room which is accessed from the front garden, to ensure the safety of other residents and staff members. The home will welcome up to 10 relatives a day who will be required to wear full PPE.
Wentworth Court opened in May 2015 and exclusively provides dementia nursing care. The home is recognised as ‘Outstanding’ in the responsiveness category and ‘Good’ in all other areas by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
For more information about Wentworth Court call 01242 263334