More companions for better support

JOY FOR JOYCE. Companionship team members help Joyce Male, a resident at Abbotts Barton in Winchester, celebrate her 100th birthday.

We have dramatically expanded our Companionship team to help maintain residents’ mental and physical wellbeing and overall quality of life during lockdown.

Eighteen recruits have been leading group activities such as arts and music sessions and delivering meaningful and inspiring one-to-one time.

The new team members, including singers, musicians and teachers, supplement the work of colleagues who continue to provide companionship, activities and experiences.

Together the team is providing our residents with an extra 469 hours of companionship opportunities each week.

The expansion is all about supporting residents and families given the constraints on care home visiting because of the pandemic.

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