‘OVERWHELMING’ support has been shown to a care home in Rocester during the coronavirus outbreak, bosses have said. Managers at Barrowhill Hall, a specialist dementia care and nursing home, thanked supporters after receiving donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) including masks and visors, together with hand-made laundry bags, hand creams and sanitisers, and treats for residents and staff.
Children from Dove First School in Ashbourne Road, Rocester have also painted pictures and written messages for the residents at the 74-bedroomed home.
Manager at Barrowhill Hall, Matthew Whitfield said: “We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s shown us support at this extremely challenging time. We’ve been deeply touched by the goodwill in our community. We are lucky in that we have good stocks of PPE but that situation can always change. Denstone College made visors in their Design and Technology department that we were very grateful to receive.
“We’ve been sent plenty of food to fuel our staff’s hard work and lots of messages of support via letters and social media. It is a testing time for our staff, who are working so hard, and to know there are people thinking about them means a huge amount.”
Children from Abbotsholme School, who would normally visit the home every week, have sent in paintings and messages to their older friends, while Uttoxeter-based Fox’s have donated biscuits for the staff and Domino’s in the town have sent in pizzas. Local seamstress, Joan Sandbrooke, made laundry bags, fabric face masks and hairbands for staff that help protect their ears from the masks’ elastic. She said: “I thought it would be a good gesture to help the community at such a difficult and hard time. Making masks, bags, headbands gave me such satisfaction, knowing I was doing my bit.”
The home has received countless messages of appreciation from residents’ families. Although the doors of the home have been closed to visitors since early March, staff have been keeping relatives in touch with their loved ones via video calls, phone-calls and even a private Facebook group where they can exchange photos and messages. Matthew added: “We know this is a difficult time for families, too, and their patience and understanding has not gone unnoticed. We’ve always been close to our community here, but we feel it even more so now and we are hugely grateful.”
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