A big week for Fareham’s Cordelia House Care Home

Published: Wednesday 17th June 2020

It’s a big week for Cordelia House, our care home in Fareham. The home celebrates a year of being under new management and is excited to start welcoming socially-distanced family visits to the home.

In June 2019 Cordelia House in Nashe Close (previously known as Farehaven Lodge) was bought by Adam, Simon and Piers Luckhurst, the three sons of the founder of Dorset-based care provider Agincare.

Fareham Care Home - Cordelia One Year Anniversary

Since then Cordelia House has seen a lot of positive changes. Led by registered manager Samantha Squibb the care team has implemented a new electronic care management tool, which means each team member carries real-time information about each resident around in their pocket.

Major refurbishment and new furnishings have brightened up the interior, and the garden is now a welcoming and peaceful space behind the home.

Luckily these improvements were all completed before lockdown imposed tight restrictions on the staff and residents of Cordelia House. Family visits were extremely limited and excursions and outside entertainers had to be cancelled. The dedicated care team has spent lockdown following Government guidelines on PPE and hygiene, on constant alert for any resident showing coronavirus symptoms.

And now, having had no resident or staff COVID-19 cases at all, and with an experienced and stable team, Cordelia House is starting to return to some kind of normality. Their first step is to start welcoming family visits again, albeit outside and at a safe distance of at least 2m, and with a few stipulations to minimise the risk.

Manager Samantha Squibb said:

“Lockdown has been tough on care homes, especially with not being able to have friends and relations visit whenever they want. My team has been extra-amazing over the last few months, working hard to keep residents’ spirits up, but we’ve all missed visitors so much.

So it goes without saying that we’re so pleased to be able to welcome families for outdoor visits. Unsurprisingly, there will be some changes, like needing to pre-arrange visits, and holding them in the garden, or through an open window or patio door. And although they won’t be able to hug each other, every single visit will brighten a resident’s day.”

Adam Luckhurst said:

“When my brothers and I bought the home a year ago, we knew there was some work to do. But we were excited about the challenge and are so pleased with the progress we’ve made in just a year. We were incredibly fortunate to inherit a wonderful team.

I’d like to pay tribute to Sam, our registered manager, her deputy manager Lou, and everyone in the Cordelia House team for their selfless dedication to our residents, their families. and the support they’ve shown us throughout the year.

They all responded positively to the major refurbishment within the home, which is now full, and then rose to the COVID-19 challenges with professionalism and compassion, keeping COVID-19 at bay. They really care about their residents, and we’re incredibly proud of them.”

To find out more about Cordelia House please call us on 01329 888 174.

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