Holding hands with loved ones for visitors to Birchwood House


From May 3rd visitors to Birchwood House will be able to hold hands and enjoy face-to-face conversations with their loved ones as part of the next step of lockdown easing.

To date visitors have been using a Covid-safe pod in Birchwood House to see and chat to their relatives, with no contact allowed. Now two regular visitors will be allowed indoors, although they must be tested and wear PPE during their visit.

“The residents are really looking forward to being able to hold hands with their loved ones. Visits really are an important part of life at Birchwood and help residents to maintain their quality of life,” explained Manager Helen.

“The visits also being welcomed by friends and relatives, who have not been able to hold hands for over a year. However, we must ensure that everything is done safely to protect all those involved,” she added.

Visits must be pre-booked

The nominated visitors must pre-book their visit a minimum of 48 hours before, and there will be a maximum of four visits per day to allow for meal times and vital cleaning. Visitors will need to arrive 30 minutes before their visit time to allow time for the rapid lateral flow test result. 

Indoor visits will be in the lounge and visitors will also be encouraged to use Birchwood’s glorious gardens to see their loved ones. A garden gazebo will soon be in place to help. 

With new variants of the virus emerging,  Birchwood House will continue to adhere to all the infection control measures currently in place to ensure that any risks are minimised. Staff and residents have received their second vaccinations, and staff are tested three times a week.

If you’re thinking of arranging care for a loved one or friend, please complete our online enquiry form, call us on 01892 863559 or email us at birchwood@birchwoodhouse.org.uk.


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