Faithfull House care home residents were among the first in the England to be offered the vaccine through an NHS pilot programme for care homes. On Friday 5 March they received the all-important second dose, delivered by Dr Jackson and his team from The Royal Well Surgery.
Lilian Faithfull Care were privileged that Faithfull House was one of the first six care homes in England to have the Pfizer vaccine in December, as part of the ground-breaking vaccination programme to inform NHS England’s national roll-out of the vaccine to all care homes.
This is just one of the milestones that the charity Lilian Faithfull Care is celebrating. As of Monday 8th March they were delighted to welcome visitors back into all of their five care homes and also re-open their two elderly Day Care Hubs.
“We know how much this will mean to all those we care for and their families and friends. It has been so longed for and it is a really significant moment for us all,” said Suzanne Booker, Director of Care, Lilian Faithfull Care.
Thanks to the efforts of local GP surgeries over 200 Lilian Faithfull Care residents (97%), across their five care homes were offered and received their first dose by 6th January. And as of the end of Tuesday 23 March all five care homes had been offered and received the second Pfizer vaccine. “We greatly look forward to the extra immunity that this second dose will give,” commented Suzanne.
Visits to the five care homes operate under carefully controlled conditions. Initially each resident is able to have one designated visitor who will need to take a lateral flow test and wear PPE. This time, the visitor can not only see their loved one, but also hold their hand, a moment which will be incredibly special to many.
James Mitchell, Deputy Manager and Clinical Lead at Faithfull House, said: “Something so simple as holding someone’s hand has such as massive impact on someone’s mental well-being. For our residents to be able to have that is so important. It really is one of the most exciting things for us to be able to bring that personalised element back into it. It’s going to be lovely to see.”
Ali Barnett, daughter of Faithfull House resident John Crick said: “It’s absolutely amazing. When he had his first vaccine he was over the moon. I know that we can hold hands, and there is only one from the whole family who can go and see Dad, which I completely understand the reasons for, but I can’t wait for when we can actually hug him. We knew he was in the right place, he had the right care, the care has been amazing at Lilian Faithfull. We had no qualms about him being in there; not worried at all. Lilian Faithfull kept us up to date with what was happening, when we could visit, that they were doing everything they could, and obviously they were guided by the government in what they were told to do.”
The re-opening of Lilian Faithfull Care’s two Day Care Hubs, the Secret Garden Hub in Cheltenham (behind Faithfull House) and Uplands Hub in Stroud, was a key moment for many of their guests and their families.
The Day Care Hubs are a beacon of hope in their local communities, giving companionship and a range of stimulating activities for guests alongside support and respite for their families. “We know how important our hubs are for combatting the loneliness and isolation in our communities which has been exacerbated during the pandemic, and we were really pleased to re-open safely on the 8th March,”
“These three announcements are major steps forward in Lilian Faithfull Care’s journey through the pandemic. It not only renews hope but also offers tangible improvements for so many,” explains Martin Hughes, Chief Executive of Lilian Faithfull Care. “Throughout this time we have been able to continue to safely welcome new residents and we are delighted that we can now welcome visitors back into our homes and hubs.
“The charity is one of the safest places to live and work in the county and together we look forward to a brighter 2021.”
For help and advice on care and more information go to: www.lilianfaithfull.co.uk