Lavender Hills staff and residents enjoyed a few hours of fame on Tuesday as the team from Naga Munchetty’s BBC Radio 5 Live show paid us a welcome visit.
The purpose of the visit was to give the show’s listeners a real live picture of how a care home like ours operates and all the different people involved in our residents’ daily care.
The interview was organised following the announcement of the government’s new social care plan last week, to discuss how we can build a world-class social care system as well as honing in on other topical themes surrounding Covid, including the booster jab and mandatory vaccine for care home workers.
Before interviewing began at 10 am, Naga had already enjoyed a flavour of real life at Lavender Hills; witnessing the beautiful views over Ramsbottom, saying hello to resident John out on his daily morning walk and tucking into poached eggs on toast, served by Andy the chef.
She was surprised at how unscheduled life was here, and this was the first point of discussion with our Home Manager, Stacey.
The conversation moved to 84-year-old resident Margaret, living here with her husband George, who enjoys being brought a morning cuppa, as well as having the freedom to go out and take her car for a spin.
Moving on to more serious matters, Naga and Stacey then discussed the implications Covid-19 had on the home both in terms of new residents coming in and visitations with existing residents.
Stacey explained that their staff and residents were one of the first groups to be invited to have the vaccine in January of this year and that they were able to offer Covid safe visits from family and friends by opening the visitation lodge.
Stacey talked about the booster vaccine and how they would work closely with the local GP to find out how this might be administered as soon as the news is officially announced.
And she was, of course, asked about the new mandatory vaccination for staff and how this was going to impact Lavender Hills.
HR Manager, Katie was then questioned by Naga about pay, staff shortages and the mandatory vaccine, and asked to share Millennium Care’s views on the three critical subjects.