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COVID-19 Update from Father Hudsons Care

St Joseph's after three months

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As we move into a different phase of the ongoing crisis over COVID-19, we hear regular updates on how the pandemic is affecting communities across the world.

St Joseph’s Care Home in Coleshill is one such community where we can see this spirit of benevolence brought to life each day. The team of dedicated care staff, supported by a host of people working behind-the-scenes, are going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure those who live in the Home receive the best support in the most difficult of times.

During the last three months some residents have died - this has been a great sadness. Sometimes members of their families were able to be with them (using PPE and full infection control ) and sometimes this was not possible. However at all times our staff were there to offer comfort and support to all - there has been a wonderful relationship between families and staff.

Registered Manager, Shelley Perryman, summed it up perfectly when she said:

/media/news/library/sean-bday.jpg“I am so proud of the staff team at St Joseph’s. Although you may be scared and worried about putting yourselves and your families at risk, you have shown fantastic commitment, courage, dedication, bravery and resilience throughout all this.

“I thank you for all being the amazing carers that you are. You pick yourselves up, dust yourselves off, put smiles on your faces and make it a happy place for the residents no matter what is happening. Together we have got this, and we will continue to work as a team to ensure happiness every step of the way.”

Some staff themselves contracted the dangerous virus carrying out their vital work of care, and were very poorly. Thankfully, they have recovered and as soon they were able to, they were back at work.

Other residents who contracted the virus recovered. It is not true that for every older person to whom this happens there is only one outcome. For their families this is miraculous.

For those families who have been bereaved we never forget their loved ones, and in the second part of July we will be holding a memorial service for them. It is our belief as a faith filled organisation that death is not the end.

The staff at St Joseph’s build up strong relationships with the people they care for every day, as well as their families. Seeing them become ill or die is always heart breaking.

But despite this, the team at St Joseph’s remains strong and motivated and continues to provide high quality support to all those that they care for. They arrive every day with a smile, ready to do their jobs. 

/media/news/library/doreen-and-relative.jpgThe staff put on activities each day to lift people’s spirits. The Home remained closed to external visitors (except in situations of end-of-life care) until the last week in June; however it was then felt it was possible, having taken Public Health advice, to open up our gardens for booked visits under very strict conditions which all the families are now aware of. This will bring, we hope, great joy to all.

Staff will still continue to help people stay in touch with their loved ones by video calls and sending photographs home. The private Facebook group shares messages, photos and videos. This has been a wonderful help to families and staff and residents.

St Joseph’s continues to accept referrals for new residents and respite stays, so long as they can meet the individual’s care needs and with strict testing.

If there was ever a time we needed extra financial support, it is now. We have had to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) to safeguard residents and staff, and there are other additional costs that we are having to meet. If you can help with these extra costs, we would be very grateful.

 

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