For some people, the Coronavirus pandemic has been a negative experience – but for one residential home in Barry, it’s been quite the opposite.
Island View Residential Home, Barry Island, supports those living with Dementia. The home currently has 24 residents, who were all forced to adapt to a ‘new normal’ due to the Government stopping care home visits in March this year, as COVID-19 cases rose.
The home regularly provided residents with entertainment from external companies, but because of the pandemic, Activities co-ordinator, Lucy Kettlety had to re-think the way she kept the residents occupied.
Activities now include: karaoke, line dancing, mini golf and even just sitting with the residents and chatting.
The staff also throw Birthday parties for their residents, as well as regularly sitting and eating their meals together – creating more of a family environment.
Activities co-ordinator, Lucy Kettlety said:
“The most important thing for us is that we make sure the residents feel both important and valued – they have their own voice.
“It’s a choice for them whether or not they want to get involved.”
Although families and friends can’t physically visit the residential home now, they’re kept up to date with what their loved ones are up do on the Island View Residential Home Facebook page, as well as via video calls.
They also use their Facebook page to broadcast performances from their choir formed by the residents.
Video: Residents perform We'll Meet Again
Island View has been overwhelmed by the support they have received from both community and local supermarket donations during this difficult time.
But, Lucy - who started the role the day before the restrictions were put in place - said she didn’t see the lockdown as hugely negative because it’s allowed some residents to develop a lot more.
“Everyone has really pulled together and the residents have kept us going.
“Residents who didn’t used to get involved in activities as much are now coming out of their shell.
“I have ultimate job satisfaction!”