Inspiring Positivity and Courage During an Unprecedented Pandemic
For many, the recent unprecedented cultural events have caused much confusion, frustration and discomfort for those affected by the Covid-19 crisis. Some have lost loved ones, some have not been able to see their loved ones and some have found it hard to adjust to a new way of living that we have not encountered before in our lifetimes.
Despite all of this, the resilience and courage that has been shown by our communities has been powerful and helped to lift the spirits and protect the livelihoods of some of the most vulnerable people in our society, as well as those supporting them.
We wanted to highlight some of the positive things that have happened at Wessex Care recently to help put a smile on your face and show that even in the most difficult of times, there are always things to be grateful for. We are immensely proud of all of our staff and colleagues for the great work and acts of kindness that they have shown, as always but even more so when faced with a crisis.
Positive Stories from Wessex Care in During Lockdown 2020
Plenty of Time for Pampering
Residents have been enjoying extra pampering sessions from our staff during lock down which has made them feel extra special and retain a sense of normality whilst some of our other activities such as visiting workshops have been put on hold for now. These lovely ladies look happy with the results!
Being Featured in an Official Support Campaign for Wiltshire Council
Some of our team volunteered to be part of a countywide campaign for Wiltshire Council to show solidarity and support for keyworkers during the lock down. Here is a campaign poster featuring some of the hard working staff from Wessex Care as well as other key workers from the county.
Acts of Kindness from the Community
Our residents have been receiving lovely greetings cards full of joy and well wishes from members of the public which has really brightened their day and helped them to through not being able to have regular visits from their loved ones.
Unexpected Flower Delivery from a Local Business
The wonderful team at Tesco Metro in Salisbury very kindly donated some beautiful flowers and plants to our Castle View Nursing Home. This thoughtful act has really lifted the spirits of our residents, so thank you very much!
Fun with Arts and Crafts
As well as producing some beautiful rainbows, we have held a range of craft sessions for our residents to express their creative flair! There are some great benefits to colouring too, such as relaxing the brain, reducing anxiety and stress, developing focus and enhancing motor skills.
Spreading a Message of Hope in the Community
Some of our rainbow pictures from residents and from the children of our staff have been displayed in the windows of our care homes and centres but also in our cars so that the community can enjoy them when our staff are out caring for vulnerable people in the community.
Adapting to Technology to Speak to Loved Ones
We often integrate iPads into activities for residents to help keep their minds active and teach them new skills as some had not used one prior to joining the Wessex Care family. We are so grateful that this technology has allowed residents to speak to their families and friends during the lock down period where they have been unable to see them in person. Here is one of our residents looking very pleased to see some of their loved ones.
Need help caring for a loved one?
For regular updates on what is happening in the residential homes of Wessex Care across Salisbury, you can follow us on both Facebook and Instagram. If you need some help and advice when caring for elderly or vulnerable relatives, contact the team at Wessex Care who can help you find a solution or refer you to some useful resourceswhich might help.