Care and Support

A2Dominion Director of Supported Housing urges sector to prepare staff and residents ahead of “difficult winter” for extra care

Key housing trade publication Inside Housing has published an article written by A2Dominion Director of Supported Housing, Pam Vasir, about how the extra care sector can prepare for a uniquely challenging winter. In the piece, Pam warns of the pressures felt by extra care homes amid a second wave of Covid-19 and shares some of the successful strategies used by A2Dominion’s teams earlier in the year.
Pam Vasir
Pam Vasir
Vasir has encouraged housing associations that run extra care homes to plan ahead and “not to wait for government or any other bodies to deliver top-down instructions on keeping people safe” as they put in place strategies for dealing with the increase in Covid-19 cases we are currently seeing, as well as the challenges of winter.

Alongside the clear concern for preventing the spread of Covid-19, the article focuses on overcoming the restrictions around families visiting residents and the limiting of other activities, which can be “devastating” for vulnerable people such as those with Alzheimer’s.

“When measures such as closing communal areas and non-essential services, including hairdressing for residents, are combined with the reintroduced ban on visitors, it can very quickly lead to a sense of isolation that is almost as threatening for residents as the virus,” Vasir said.

“Imagination and innovation from staff should be encouraged and activities, such as a socially distanced singalong out of residents’ windows using a speaker in the car park, can make all the difference.”

Read the full article in Inside Housing (paywall).