This will be slightly political so please forgive me.
The manager and staff at Somerforde have gone above and beyond what could have been expected and have done an amazing job in keeping residents safe.
We have moved from our 6 days on and off staying at the home, the pressure on the staff has been immense and they needed a break after 12 weeks.
Some staff are still staying at the home, those that would require to use public transport, for example, and some are coming in each day using their own transport.
We have PPE and staff are still carrying out regular C-19 checks.
We are now on the list for the whole home test and that will be carried out shortly.
Unfortunately we are still having to keep visitors out of the home for obvious reasons, but are looking at possible ways to get back to normal.
I have been trying to promote the case for care home testing wherever I can, recently on radio 4 and today asking questions to government.
I have been in contact with a testing facility in Wales that will soon be rolling out a trial for testing within 30 minutes.
This would be a game changer for all care homes across the UK, but trying to put pressure on the government is not easy as you will appreciate.
If we could get this testing we could really go back to normal, albeit a new normal with a 30 minute wait, but families could then come in to the home, staff could be tested before work each day and we could move on.
I am totally at a loss as to why we don’t already have this and why I am having to spend all day every day lobbying, wherever I can.
For those of you who use Face book please start asking the question wherever you can.
On a good note, I hope at last that the country will understand that care workers are the best of the best, professional and not unskilled, loving, caring and unbelievably brave, they should be supported and saluted as some of the most courageous people in the country whose compassion at this time has been noting short of amazing.
I will add that during this time, Devon County Council have been a huge support and have been extraordinary in their practical and financial support to all homes across Devon, we have weekly calls with a group of providers and things get done. I can’t thank them enough.
As Colonel Tom says, we will see blue sky’s again, we will get through this, but in the mean time I would like to thank all of our staff, residents and families for your support and perseverance through this crisis.