East Renfrewshire-based care home Eastwood Court has held it’s first indoor visits since the revised government care home visiting guidance was released.
The guidance issued by the Scottish government allows each care home resident to have up to two designated visitors weekly, visiting one at a time. After completing dynamic risk assessments for the home, its location in the Giffnock area, and for each of its residents, Eastwood Court welcomed it’s first designated indoor visitor on Tuesday 9th March.
In a double-celebration, Rhona Crosbie surprised her mother Marjory Drysdale with a visit on her 101st birthday. Having had a negative result from her lateral flow test, Rhona was able to sit with her mother in a designated area of the home for the first time in over 12 months. Surrounded by birthday banners, balloons, gifts and cards, they both enjoyed a long-awaited catch-up in person.
Rhona said: “‘It was wonderful to see mum again, it had been over a year and was so special as it was her birthday. Mum looks amazing and it was so nice to see all the familiar faces again, thank you to everyone involved!”
Marjorie has been a resident at Eastwood Court since 2008 and has certainly had a life full of adventures. Marjorie enjoyed a career as a school teacher, as well as having three children of her own. She then went on to adopt 10 others. In her spare time, Marjorie embraced the great outdoors as a keen climber. Having conquered the Munroe’s around Scotland, her climbing adventures took her to Europe.
Michelle Ruiz-Beltran, home manager of Eastwood Court, said: “I am delighted that our residents and our loved ones will once again have that meaningful contact that we have waited so long for. I feel incredibly thankful that everyone has supported residents and staff through the past year and continued to support the guidance to get to this point. It is a very emotional time for residents, relatives and staff. This is offering light at the end of a very difficult year.”