One of the many things we pride ourselves on here at Melrose is our ability to be completely open and honest with residents and their loved ones. That’s why we’re not going to pretend that this pandemic has been anything less than a tragedy: something all nursing homes in Worthing and beyond have had to adapt to.
We cannot change the reality of COVID.
However, what we can do – and have done since the beginning of this crisis – is make sure our residents are as safe as possible, going above and beyond government recommendations. But that’s not enough. We’ve also ensured that we continue to provide the best quality of life for our residents. That is the goal of any good care home in Worthing, or for that matter, any care home anywhere.
A big part of that equation, of course, is in ensuring that there’s always plenty of interesting, thought-provoking, sociable, and most of all, fun activities for everyone to enjoy. To put it simply, regardless of what’s going on outside our walls, there will always be something happening at Melrose.
More than that, there are always many things happening here. We’re always focused on the individual with our care, meaning that there’s always a buffet of brilliant options for our residents to choose from. And if it’s something we’ve not thought of, and it’s something our residents would like, then we’ll do everything we can to make it happen.
Always having a smorgasbord of wonderful and meaningful activities is part and parcel of what we do. And that’s not going to change – but, there have been challenges to face.
How We’ve Adapted Our Activities
We suppose the first thing to say is that wherever possible, we have kept our activities as much the same as we possibly could. As a care home in Worthing, we’re really proud of everything we’re able to offer our residents in terms of allowing them to pursue any hobby or interest they want, socialise as much or as little as they feel like, and in general, live whatever kind of life they want.
Everything from birthday celebrations to outdoor art sessions, coffee mornings and quiz afternoons (written by one of our very own residents, no less) are all kept as much as the same as we can manage.
However, there have been activities that have required additional considerations, as we’re sure is the case for nursing homes in Worthing generally. For instance, we needed to stop external activities and were unable to have outside entertainers.
But that doesn’t mean there’s been any kind of drop in the number or variety of activities we have offered, thanks to the extraordinary efforts of our exceptional staff. They’ve taken up outdoor exercise classes, organised competitions, and brought in new games from bingo to skittles, to give just a few examples.
Every week, we try and come up with the most interesting and exciting activities possible and last year has been no different. We’ve certainly had to think outside the box on occasion, but we couldn’t be prouder of how well everyone at Melrose has adapted to ensure that the selection of things to do never slows down.
Keeping Things Safe
Of course, every activity we provide is always organised with safety as the absolute top priority. We acted swiftly at the beginning of this pandemic, locking down before government announcements, ensuring PPE was available well in advance and providing regular testing.
We also provided meetings with residents and staff so we could all work together and to ensure that we were tackling this in the best possible way – not just from a logistical point of view, but also in terms of the emotional well-being of everybody here at our care home in Worthing. We knew it would be a stressful and scary time for everyone and communication was vital.
For that same reason, we also created a visiting pod and facilitated regular Zoom meetings for residents, because being unable to see our loved ones has been one of the most difficult aspects of this crisis for all nursing homes in Worthing. Just like our activities, there were challenges to overcome, but we were never going to be content with providing anything less with the widest variety of fun and interesting things to do for our residents, even in unprecedented times.
A Look into the Future
Of course, if COVID has taught us anything, it’s that the future can always take you by surprise, but we have plenty of reasons to be optimistic. Vaccinations have made more things possible, and with what we have learned from this pandemic, we have not just ensured that we are better prepared for the future, but we’ve also added a bunch of wonderful activity arrows to the bow of our weekly schedule.
Most of all, we’re proud that all of our activities have been able to keep raising smiles in this care home in Worthing, and to provide joy during difficult times. That should be the goal of all nursing homes in Worthing and is the reason there’s always something happening at Melrose care home.