A Crosspool care home manager says all of her staff deserve a ‘badge of honour’ for the ‘incredible’ way they have responded to the coronavirus outbreak.
Sheilagh Sweeney runs The Porterbrook, a residential, dementia and respite care home in Tapton Crescent Road and praised her care team as ‘one of the best in Sheffield’.
The home took the early decision to close it doors to non-essential visitors in mid-March in order to create a ‘cocooning environment’ for those in its care before the lockdown restrictions were imposed. The Porterbrook has all the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) it needs to keep everyone safe.
Earlier in April, the Government announced a ‘badge of honour’ to allow care workers to ‘proudly and publicly identify themselves’ during the pandemic to boost public recognition of all those in caring roles. Social care workers have also been given the same priority access to supermarkets as NHS staff.
Sheilagh said: “I’m so proud of the way my staff at The Porterbrook have dealt with the pandemic. I have one of the best teams in Sheffield! They have been incredible! Nobody’s heads have dropped. Everyone has just continued to keep things as normal as possible for all of our lovely residents.
“We introduced strict guidelines for cleaning and personal hygiene measures and all these have been rigorously followed by staff. It’s been a very difficult time for everyone to adjust to these different times but, when you look around at our home, all you see is our care home staff working hard and trying the best to keep our residents smiling.”
The Porterbrook is well equipped to look after the needs of its residents with 44 tastefully decorated en-suite rooms, spacious lounges, piano bar, private secure gardens and balcony, home cinema room and library. Staff have kept residents in touch with loved ones through telephone and social media. During this crisis period, the home does have some rooms for residential, dementia and respite care available now.