Chalfont Lodge residents are delighted to be seeing their relatives, as one single named visitor is now allowed to visit each resident in their bedroom.
There has been much anticipation of this moment by families and residents alike.
Guidance was issued by the government on March 4 and Barchester Healthcare, who run Chalfont Lodge Care Centre, in Chalfont St Peter, is proceeding with a safe and cautious approach.
Strict protocols are in place with all visitors required to have a negative Lateral Flow Device test result before being allowed into the home, and infection control measures and social distancing in place for every visit.
Hand holding is allowed but not recommended.
The centre’s first visitor to see his wife Val, was David who said: “It was, at first a little strange, to think that I would be finally allowed to see Val after such a long time inside Chalfont Lodge, but it was a wonderful visit, I’m so happy that we are able to do this! It gives me hope that we are one step closer to getting back to normality”.
It was an extra special day for Val as also her birthday!
Raj Boodhoo, general manager at the home, said: “This is the first cautious step towards having a buzz of visitors in the home again. It was wonderful to see how happy it made the residents and their relatives.
“We have a great booking system in place to make sure the visits are well organised, and visitors are doing a great job of following the safety measures to keep everyone as safe as possible.”