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This year has been a very complicated one for everybody, but as I’m sure everyone will agree especially for Care homes like Walc , its residents and the NHS. Here at Walc, we have put in to place a variety of measures to keep our residents safe. One of those has been unfortunately to limit their movement around our lovely town it’s shops and cafe’s. Due to the vulnerability of our clients it was with heavy heart that we made this decision on their behalf, but we have kept busy during this time. Our allotment has been a useful place to go, due to it being quiet and where residents could be kept safe within our patch of land. Staff have become extremely skilled at locating places to go for walks, where we feel assured that our residents can walk freely without the worry of social distancing from other members of the public .We began exercise regimes in the house to compensate for the lack of external activities and created small projects for the residents such as decorating a wooden trunk for one of their bedrooms. For those that can’t go the allotment we created a mini allotment in the homes’ garden and throughout the summer they have watered and picked the vegetables as they grew.

Keeping everyone safe has been the management at Walc, primary focus, this has involved regular testing of staff and residents and we can say that currently we are still clear from any cases of Covid.To maintain these levels though we have made some harsh decisions regarding visitors to the home and most significantly the opening up our new respite room to those that want a short holiday/break in Swanage has been put on hold. Visits by our residents to their families homes has not been possible either which has been difficult for everyone, but we are all looking forward to when we can get back out and about safely, but until then from everyone here at Walc stay safe

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