Shared By Sue United Kingdom
I work in a Care Home that has been closed to non-essential staff for 3 weeks.
Our Activities Co-ordinator has a team of 9 including part-timers, volunteers and minibus drivers. We have all been furloughed until such time as the home is fully open again.
One person is now trying to meet the social inclusion needs of 36 residents, and doing a great job. While we cannot go into the home, each of us is supporting the home in whatever way we can - and there are lots of ways.
We do things such as preparing activities that the Co-ordinator can deliver to residents, ringing our people who usually come in for day care and generally keeping in touch with our fellow team members etc.
One thing we did recently was to put together some video messages for residents in the home. We had an opening message, individual video messages from activity staff on furlough and a closing message followed by a picture of Vera Lynn with the lyrics of 'We'll Meet Again' coming up on the screen.
Everyone who wanted to be involved sent their own video message filmed on their mobile. These were all downloaded onto a USB stick and the Vera Lynn singalong added. It was easier to use a USB stick as we all know how to use this on our large TV screen in the lounge.
The messages, from various staff, mentioned some residents by name recalling funny stories that staff and residents had shared. It was an opportunity to remind residents of who we are, what we look like and that we will be back soon.
It was also a chance to offer our thanks to all the staff who go in every day and are doing what we are unable to do right now.
The video, about 15 minutes long, can be shown occasionally over the next few weeks so that when we return to work the residents will see familair faces rather than a large influx of people they had almost forgotten.