Living life to the fullest despite the restrictions of lockdown

Life at Island care homes has undergone a huge change over the last month or so, as staff and residents adjust to the restrictions of the Cornoavirus lockdown.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 12:19 pm

With new rules on visiting relatives and friends in Island care homes and new ways of caring for residents, who are more vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus, the work has become much more intense.

Touching on some of those adjustments, the manager of Blar Buidhe Nursing Home on the outskirts of Stornoway, Donald McIntosh, recently paid tribute to his staff.

He said: “I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of my staff here at The Blar.

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“Despite the current climate and uncertainty you have shown up every day to provide care and support for our most vulnerable. You are all here, doing everything to put on a happy face and maintain some sense of normality.”

He added: “We are nursing and caring in an ever changing environment and I know you are all 100 percent committed to doing your very best for our residents, their friends and loved ones.”

Recently the staff at Blar Buidhe received one of many donations, which will help make life a little easier, as they attempt to deliver the best possible care for their residents.

They received a donation of face mask extensions, which were left at the door of the Stornoway care home.

This small act of kindness will help ensure that the masks the carers must wear each day are far more comfortable. Staff have also received donations of PPE. wash bags for their uniforms and also a supply of hand-gel from Essence of Harris.

A spokesperson for the care home said: “These are such kind gestures and greatly appreciated.”

This was echoed by manager Donald, who wanted to publicly thank all who have donated, in any way, during these tough times.

It is such morale-boosting actions that make the difference during the lockdown and staff at Blar Buidhe are determined to keep upbeat, despite the need to maintain social distancing.

Some recent activities at the care home included a slap up meal on Good Friday, and reflecting the glorious weather in the Islands over the last couple of weeks, residents also enjoyed cocktails and ice lollies, whilst they soaked up the mood-boosting sunshine.