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Losing count of the extra miles

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

The staff at The White House care home in Teignmouth are a veritable beacon in this gloomy time, having temporarily moved into the home to protect the 17 residents from the Covid-19 virus. For well over a month now, they have had to make arrangements for other family members to take care of their children and put their own lives on hold to a much greater extent than have most of us. The staff have converted the offices and one of the residents’ flats into makeshift bedrooms with camping gear. They also have a caravan on site, donated by a local person for the period of the lock-down in case anyone wants quiet time. The team are quite multi-disciplinary taking on various roles. The registered care manager has joined the team leader and five care staff, doing night shifts twice a week, the domestic and maintenance co-ordinator is the cleaner and cook for the home. Staff have developed a rota so that they have two days off (spent within the purlieu of the home) and share the work load. The White House Care Home made a Youtube video on the whole experience, to watch visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlFV5WNoyU0&feature=youtu.be When this emergency is behind us, let no one harbour the shadow of a doubt about the selfless dedication and professionalism of the social care workforce.

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