Brendoncare Park Road, caring for local older people during the coronavirus pandemic

Residents at Brendoncare Park Road enjoying a picnic. Photo credit: Isabel Infantes

Brendoncare Park Road provides nursing, respite and end-of-life care to 41 older people in Winchester. Coronavirus is particularly challenging for vulnerable older people, and since the start of the pandemic, the staff have come up with innovative ways to keep residents’ spirits high and ensured that the residents have been living in a happy environment.

The residents have been enjoying a variety of activities and entertainment and there has been a lot of laughter, joking and dancing. The staff have also turned their hands to hairdressing and beauty treatments for the residents.

Some residents have been spending time in the beautiful gardens at Brendoncare Park Road and were treated to a picnic in the sunshine, to coincide with National Picnic Week. They listened to entertainer, Mike Sidaway, who sang various songs from Elvis, Frank Sinatra and a selection of tunes from the 1920s. Following the request from a resident, they all joined in together to sing ‘Oh When the Saints’!

The residents have been able to remain in regular contact with family and friends via video and telephone calls and letters. And more recently, visitors have been able to visit the gardens and communicate with their loved ones through the windows.

Erin Langley, Home Manager at Brendoncare Park Road, said,

“Our staff at Brendoncare Park Road have been working tirelessly to care for residents in the home. I am proud of each and every one of them for their commitment to every individual who lives here with us. They have remained positive and supported each other; they have laughed and they have cried. We have also received warmth and support from the local community, and we are grateful to those who have been writing and e-mailing us with their good wishes for both the residents and our frontline workers.”

For further information, contact Brendoncare Park Road on 01962 869287, parkroad@brendoncare.org.uk, www.brendoncare.org.uk