Loved ones reunited for landmark birthdays at C&C’s Compton Lodge Care Home
Two families were overwhelmed with emotion at being finally reunited with their loved ones for 90th and 100th birthday celebrations - as C&C’s Compton Lodge re-opened to strictly controlled visits.
“I couldn’t speak at first; we both cried,” said Angela Heylin, wife of resident Maurice who was celebrating his 90th birthday.
“The video calls have been great but there’s nothing like seeing each other in the flesh after three months. It’s the longest we’ve ever been apart after 49 years. But he’s still looking very well!”
The celebrations included five of Maurice’s friends singing to him from outside of the gates of Compton Lodge. And singing was the order of the day for the relatives of resident Urania Brett, who just a few weeks ago didn’t think they’d ever get to sing Happy Birthday at her 100th birthday.
“Mum’s been frail for some time,” explained Urania’s daughter Judith du Vivier. “So to be able to actually be with her - safely - for this very special occasion, to sing Happy Birthday and read her the card from the Queen has meant everything to me and my family. She really enjoyed herself too!”
Urania (left) and Angela and Maurice (right)
The visits, which are now taking place only in the gardens at Compton and C&C’s three other London care homes, are strictly managed to ensure safety to residents and staff. All visits must be pre-booked and typically last for about 20 minutes. Only two relatives are usually allowed to visit at one time; they must not enter the homes, and are required to observe social distancing and wear facemasks. It’s part of C&C’s own innovative approach to the crisis and its Covid-19 Management Plan, which has adapted throughout the crisis.
Rachel Musrati, Care Manager at Compton Lodge, said: “Our home has been COVID-19 free throughout this crisis, and with all of our homes remaining COVID-19 free for several weeks, it was the right time to allow controlled visits. We will continue to offer visits as long as it is safe to do so.”
And the visits are proving to be a hit with relatives and loved ones.
Angela added: “The staff here have been wonderful; they’ve done absolutely everything. Rachel, the care manager, has been very clear and disciplined throughout. We might not always know where we are with the Government, but we know where are with Rachel!”
Judith agreed, adding: “Rachel and her staff now feel like an extended family to us. The affection and compassion they show for all the residents is life affirming.”
C&C is now also open to new residents and virtual viewings are available. All new residents will be tested, undertake a short quarantine period and be given personalised care.