Ross Court Care Home makes resident’s 90th birthday extra special
Ross Court resident, Mrs Margery Watkins, celebrated her 90th birthday on Wednesday 17th June.
Margery was feeling a bit of trepidation about spending her first birthday away from her family. Margery has not been able to see the family since April due to Covid19 restrictions. But she felt a bit more hopeful when her day was started by staff coming into her room to sing her a ‘Happy Birthday’.
Margery had many surprises throughout the day. A beautiful bouquet of flowers arrived from her son Andrew and a pampering session from staff where her nails were painted. But by far, the best surprise of all was a face to face visit with two of her grandchildren, Daniel and Rachel.
The family sat at a 3m distance on chairs in the garden at the home, where 2 residents at a time can welcome loved ones from this week.
Margery said: “I was so happy to see them, I couldn’t quite believe my eyes! I am so close to my grandchildren and have missed them terribly. To finally be able to see them face to face was so exciting”
Margery and her grandchildren enjoyed a birthday celebration with more flowers and cake.
The staff have set up tables and chairs for the get togethers which are cleaned between visits, staff say they have been moved to tears by some of the reunions happening between families.
General Manager Nicola Thomas said: “It is a special and very touching time for our residents seeing their families after such a long time. It has been stressful for everyone. We have kept them connected to family and the community using ipads, but it isn’t the same as being together. We are thrilled we can now make this happen for them.”
All residents and staff at the home have been fully tested and are covid free and now welcoming new residents. “It is crucial people who are isolated and at risk in the communities can now access the care they need,” said Nicola, “and we are delighted to be welcoming new faces to our home.”
It was truly wonderful for the staff to witness this special occasion and they say they are looking forward to many more visits and the happiness it brings to the residents and their loved ones.