27 Apr We may be under the shadow of COVID-19, but life and love and care goes on
We may be under the shadow of COVID-19, but life and love and care goes on…
During lock-down – how do you physically care for people, how do you effectively communicate with them, how do you demonstrate love and meet emotional needs – whilst not compromising their safety?
Due to the nature of our work, social distancing is not always possible. Caring is a tactile activity and caring for people’s physical needs involves physical touch. Connecting with people emotionally can be difficult when there is a physical distance between you. These are some of the challenges we have been working through at the care centre. We have been busy teaching and reinforcing effective infection prevention and control practices.
Our staff, Sr. Patricia Harker and carer, Zoe Pietersen are taking precautions to protect our residents from the coronavirus.
Not too much has changed in the last 100 years!
2020 COVID-19 Pandemic vs. 1918 Great Influenza Pandemic. Carers, Anda Sizani and Tamlin Januarie demonstrate some of the measures we are taking to protect both our residents and our staff at The Somerset Care Centre.
Our Xone security team in their masks and gloves – doing their part to flatten the curve and keep us safe.
It is great peace of mind living at The Somerset Lifestyle and Retirement Village as our residents have access to food delivery within the village. The residents can order
- essential groceries,
- daily meals,
- take-away freezer friendly meals (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) as well as
- weekly promotions that are run.
For example: this week we have Boerewors rolls on Tuesday, pancakes on Wednesday, pizza on Thursday and cheesecake on Friday.
On behalf of the MHOA, management and staff, Western Province Caterers and Xone Security we would like to thank our residents for their understanding and support during the lock-down of the past five weeks. This was an extremely challenging exercise and without their co-operation it wouldn’t have been such a smooth operation with the minimum of hiccups.
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