One of Scotland’s leading providers of residential care has gradually begun to re-open its homes to visitors.
Balhousie Care Group has begun the phased re-opening of homes to residents’ loved ones with strict infection prevention and control measures in place. Following government guidelines, all visits will take place in the homes’ gardens with one designated visitor per resident.
Balhousie Luncarty in Perthshire was the first to host garden visits.
Pictured above are Fay Tollan and Arthur Doughty, residents at Balhousie Pitlochry
Jill Kerr, group chief executive at Balhousie Care Group, says it is important the re-opening takes place in the safest and most practical way possible.
“Among the many new measures we’ve taken to prepare for the re-establishing of visits are Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for visitors, thermal imaging cameras to detect high temperatures, and staggered visits through our new online booking system,” she says.
“We have also issued tips to relatives on meeting their loved ones again as we know this can be an emotional and anxious time for everyone.”