I last wrote about lockdown thoughts in September when we all hoped that better days lay ahead. We did not then know what winter would bring in its wake: rain, rain and oh yes, more rain. And an increase in the problems the pandemic was causing until a vaccine – 2 or 3 in fact – became available, bringing hope of halting the apparently relentless march of the virus we now conversationally call Covid-19.
And what has been happening in both our homes? All sorts of good things, but for us most important of all, the normal everyday life of our homes continuing with no infections, all our residents and staff doubly vaccinated (enormous thanks to the staff at the Abbey View part of the Blackmore Vale Partnership who came to do the deed), birthdays celebrated and visits from family members when guidance allowed. Yes, quite a demanding time, but one undertaken with such goodwill and care by our staff team so ably led by Jenny.
Jenny is about to come up to the first anniversary of her arrival with us last April. What a year to take over with all the unknowns facing her: she has created a wonderful team feeling and I am convinced that our residents have not suffered loneliness as there is always something new to anticipate. Activities which all too often can mean “passivities” (watching a performance etc) are now called Life Skills and enhance daily living in many ways. When new residents come to join us, they have been accustomed to preparing meals, wandering in the garden, chatting to friends – they can do the same with us and the other day I watched carrots being chopped with such skill and speed I was amazed!
There will be challenges ahead, but we will continue to work together for everyone’s best wellbeing -residents and staff alike. Seeds have been sown and soon the days will be warm enough for the seedlings to be planted out – hope for the future.
Chair of Trustees