Branch Court Care Home is a beautiful, homely environment that used to be filled with family members and friends everyday, some would come the same time & day every week because with dementia residents, routine is key.
On the 16th March 2020, our residents lives were completely turned upside down when we decided the pandemic was getting very serious and our manager decided not to wait for the rest of the country, she closed our doors to ALL visitors in a bid to get ahead on the crisis. Our doors closed a whole week before Boris called for lockdown, and as heartbreaking as it was, all relatives agreed this was what was needed to keep Covid-19 out. And i can proudly say every member of staff has gone above and beyond to make sure we do everything we can to keep ourselves & our residents safe from covid-19 and we have not had a single case in our home.
During all this time we have tried to make life as easy and enjoyable as possible for all our residents; we introduced an 'Hello Window' were families can come and see their loved ones through a window and speak on the phone, we have had zoom calls, face-time, whats-app calls, and although these have been better than having zero contact its not the same as sitting down and enjoying your families company.
we are unable to hold our usual fundraising events due to the situation we are in and this is were the crowdfunder idea came into play. Our residents cant wait to see their families, they have missed them all so much. So we thought a Summer House/ Visitors Pod would be the perfect way for our residents to have visits whilst still keeping a safe distance with a shield in between the two parties. It will be a nice and comfortable room, that will be thoroughly clean and disinfected after each visit.
We would love your help to raise the funds to get a Summer House for the garden area. This Summer House will be used for years to come, bringing happiness to everyone that uses it. Knowing how it brought families back together after months of being apart. The Summer House will only be used once it is safe to do so and will be on a booking system to allow cleaning to be done after each visit.