‘I can’t be with my Dad, but his care home have been truly amazing’

We are very proud of this recently published story from Lincolnshire Live:

‘I can’t be with my Dad, but his care home have been truly amazing’

Samantha Turpin says it’s a weight of her mind knowing her father is in good hands

– By Emily White 3 April 2020

 

“They tailor their care to each and every person in the home.

“They moved my father into a beautiful room within the home, and without asking for any help they moved all of his things for him, cleaned the room, arranged all his things in exactly the right place, they left flowers and arranged his bed beautifully.

“My dad is a unique character and likes to do his own things and they have really got his number, letting him think that he runs the show.

“He gets whatever he likes for breakfast every morning and nothing is too much trouble.

“Now people aren’t able to visit, the staff have made sure that the residents are as happy as they can be by planning activities for them and singing for them.

“He’s a real gentleman and in his day he was generous to a fault, he’s happy and well.

“In a situation like this with everyone locked down, I can’t imagine the stress if I knew the care home was bad. It’s such a relief knowing he is safe.”

Kelly Dyas is a senior carer and has worked at The Grove for over two years.

She says that staff do what they do because they love seeing their residents smile.

The 42-year-old said: “We’ve been trying to keep residents as active as possible.

“We’ve been singing and putting on shows as the woman who usually comes in hasn’t been able to do so since lockdown.

“We’ve also been playing bingo, card games, dominoes, drawing and lots of arts and crafts. We’ve been helping the residents Skype their relatives and obviously phone calls too.

“We’ve certainly kept on top of hygiene levels and are taking the temperature of both staff and residents every morning as a precaution.

Obviously we’ve upped the hygiene levels and temp tests every morning for staff and residents to check.

“I’ve worked here for the past two years and honestly, it’s one of the best homes I’ve worked in. I have previously worked in mental health for over ten years but came back to working with the elderly and now I’m here I don’t think I’ll ever leave.

“The managers are so supportive and it’s such a lovely home.

“It’s just about being there for them and making them happy. We have end of life care residents and even then it’s not a bad job because we know that they are happy and that we’ve done the best for them.”