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With the announcement of a national lockdown on 4th January 2021, we will be unable to support internal visits with the use of rapid tests, in line with government guidance. Visits within our designated visitor suites can continue as normal however, and should be booked in the usual way. End of Life and essential visits will be facilitated as per government guidance. With the commencement of vaccination programmes in our Care Homes we will be reviewing this situation in line with advice from Public Health England and will welcome you back in to our homes with rapid tests as soon as it is safe to do so.

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A Work of Heart: lockdown entertainment

The national lockdown has understandably left a lot of us feeling a little flat; short-term memories of homeschooling, banana bread-making, Zoom quizzes and Joe Wicks’ workouts, although great at the time, now send shivers down our spines.

For residents in our care homes, it’s the prospect of potentially missing out on spending time with loved ones again. While we all know lockdown measures are essential to protect our physical health, human connection is an integral part of who we are and has an undeniable impact on our emotional wellbeing.

Thankfully, this lockdown we’re not as restricted as we previously were. Somerset Care have worked tirelessly to ensure all 27 of our care homes have a designated visitor space to allow people to safely see their loved ones, without putting anyone’s physical health at risk.