Hope House care home at Clayton-le-Moors in Lancashire is keeping residents on the ball and in high spirits with games of socially distanced bingo.
The home, which is part of Larchwood Care, is using tablets and WhatsApp video calls to allow residents who have opted to self-isolate to join in the fun with their friends.
This is another example of how care homes are focussing on residents’ wellbeing during the COVID-19 lockdown. Care Home Management is releasing a new podcast on this subject next week.
Residents who are not isolating gather in the home’s lounge to hear the numbers being called, and staff are supporting residents who would prefer to stay in their rooms to participate via technology.
This ensures that anyone in the high-risk categories being shielded under NHS advice can still be included in group activities and avoid feelings of loneliness.
Cathy Yates, home manager at Hope House care home, says residents have had to respond to a number of changes.
“We love a game of bingo, and it was important to us that even those who’d been advised to shield, due to being in a high-risk group, could still see their friends and join in group activities we have going on.
“At Hope House, community is at our very heart, and we will do everything in our power to ensure everyone feels included and happy. The residents love using the technology and we’re happy to help them use it.”