Sunrise of Chorleywood has started rolling out a new service which allows family members and friends of their residents to stay at the care home over the Christmas period.
The new service hopes to help people who may be isolated during the festive period.
The all-inclusive experience provides meals, activities as well as laundry and housekeeping services to the loved ones of their residents.
Those who wish to take advantage of the new service are required to cover the cost of staying in a room for the duration of their stay, which can range between one and two weeks.
This is part of Sunrise Senior Living UK’s wider ‘Meaningful Contact’ model which has allowed family members to have enhanced visits with their loved ones during the pandemic.
The care home is using highly accurate Lateral Flow Testing (LFT) to enable family members to visit residents inside the care home through a ‘Nominated Person’ protocol.
After receiving a negative result from one of these testing kits, nominated persons are able to spend time with their loved one in their room or in a designated area.
As part of this protocol, participants are required to adhere to social distancing guidelines while outside the care home.
When inside Sunrise of Chorleywood, these visitors use PPE and follow rigorous infection control measures by regularly washing their hands and sanitising surfaces they touch.
Speaking of the new service, Michael Zinaka, general manager of Sunrise of Chorleywood, said:
“The past nine months have been hugely challenging for residents and team members. However, I’m delighted that this new service will safely allow for our residents and their family members to spend valuable time together this festive season.
“While this Christmas may look and feel different to previous years, our residents and their loved ones will be greatly reassured by this opportunity to have a degree of normality from the safety and comfort of our care home.”
Loved ones who sign-up for the festive service will also be enrolled in the care home’s full testing programme, both leading up to and during their stay, to protect the safety of current residents and team members.