CARE staff at St David’s House have been praised by Redditch Borough Council for their commitment to residents’ wellbeing during the pandemic.
Under normal circumstances staff would plan film afternoons, memory workshops and lunch clubs for their residents.
But due to coronavirus they have had change the way they entertain.
Instead, they have held socially distanced outdoor performances, live music events, Easter egg hunts, VE Day parties, quizzes, singalongs and more.
Activity is very important for vulnerable people and residents at St David’s have said it has ‘helped keep them going’.
St David’s activity coordinator, Gillian Talbot, said: “I know many of our tenants felt scared, alone and unhappy when lockdown hit. But their resilience never fails to impress me.
“I don’t think you can put into words what entertainment and activity can do for people. You can almost see a physical change in them.”
Unlike traditional care homes, residents living at St David’s House and Queens cottages own their own properties.
But to live independently, they are provided with additional support which includes a range of facilities on the premises and 24-hour care services.
Coun Craig Warhurst, the Borough Council’s portfolio holder for housing services, added: “As we potentially head back into a second wave and reduced visiting, I want to highlight the work that the staff at St David’s have done and continue to do.
“They have gone out of their way to maintain the physical and mental wellbeing of their residents and deserve recognition for this.”