Worthing care home’s visiting pod to keep families together at Christmas

A Worthing care home has opened a visiting pod so its residents can enjoy family visits in a safe and comfortable environment over the festive period – and to enable future visits.

Avon Manor care home has set up a visitor pod SUS-201217-123612001

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on the interaction that residents are allowed with their loved ones at Avon Manor Care Home in Worthing, and at others across the area.

This is particularly heart-breaking for those living with dementia who draw so much benefit from regular and ongoing contact

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with the people they love.

Avon Manor care home has set up a visitor pod SUS-201217-123623001

Even with the news of the vaccine being available soon, managers Lisa Moulding and Paula Cassidy, along with staff at Avon Manor, in Manor Road, recognised it would be some time before anything resembling normal family visits could start again.

So, the decision was made to provide the next best thing – a safe visiting room outside the main building, but with easy access for both the staff and residents, and their visiting families.

Lisa said: “We can access the pod easily with our residents, and their families can enter from the other side with a sealed partition between them. An intercom system is in place to support our residents to happily chat away with their families. They can’t hug each other, but it’s most definitely the next best thing.”

Jerry Saddington, from Rapide Garden Rooms, the Lancing based company that supplied and installed the Visitor Room agreed: “When we spoke to Lisa a few weeks ago, she was keen for us to install the room before Christmas to allow the residents a chance to meet face to face with their loved ones over the holidays.

“We pulled out all the stops to make it happen in time and I’m really pleased we were able to play a part in Avon Manor looking after their residents so well.”

To find out more about the care Avon Manor provides for their residents visit https://www.cobhamcare.co.uk/our-homes/avon-manor/