A growing number of care homes are using Showplace Ltd’s visitor pods to reunite residents with their families. Thousands of care home residents have been unable to see loved ones for months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.It has been a struggle for many, particularly those with dementia, some of whom are unable to understand why their loved ones no longer visit. Care homes have gone to great lengths to maintain contact through video calls, phone calls and window visits but it has been a harrowing few months for many families, residents and staff.
In normal times, Showplace provides premium quality event structures and exhibition trailers to household brands at some of the most prestigious events across the UK and Europe. However, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have reinvented our temporary structures by deploying a range of modular buildings and exhibition trailers for longer-term applications within the care sector. Using our MODA temporary structures to provide quality external visiting rooms at care homes, has provided a lifeline for those families who have been separated from their loved ones for more than three months.
Until July, families and friends at Swimbridge House Nursing Home in North Devon, had been restricted to video and telephone calls when trying to stay in touch with residents. Whilst these calls have ensured contact has been maintained, they cannot replace face to face contact and the benefits of actually seeing somebody in person.
When using the visitor pods, care home residents are separated from their visitors by a thin, robust perspex or glass panel with two-way intercom provision if required. The partition is an optional feature, with Swimbridge House opting for a partition free pod, using a premium structure which is more than large enough to meet social distancing guidelines. All visits are booked in advance through the care home’s reception, and thorough cleaning of the pod is undertaken after every visit to ensure the safety of all users.
Dr Joost Van Delft, owner of Swimbridge House Nursing Home, said, “Swimbridge House Nursing Home is slowly opening to families and friends of our residents, with visits now possible by appointment. To enable visitors to safely meet with our residents in poor weather conditions, Showplace Ltd has installed a temporary ‘visitor centre’ in our garden. The premium quality structure is unlike typical tents and marquees. It has two doors, glass sides and themed interior walls. It has been a real joy to see families reunited after being apart for so long, and it has brought many smiles to all of us.”Commenting on the success of our care home work, Rob Goodman, managing director of Showplace Ltd, said, “Showplace feels tremendously proud to deploy its premium infrastructure for such an essential purpose. Allowing care homes to safely facilitate visits between residents and families, will have enormous benefits for everybody’s health, happiness and wellbeing.”
Showplace Ltd’s fleet of mobile trailers are also being utilised as visitor pods for care homes. Ranging from 4m to 12m in size, they provide a smaller, more transportable alternative to the premium temporary pods. The benefits of using a trailer are:1. Their mobility is useful for reaching more remote geographical areas2. They can serve multiple sites; ideal for organisations with care home across multiple sites3. There is no requirement for planning permission for long term installations4. They are economical with space, with some as small as a car park bay.
With the challenges that care homes continue to face in order to enable external guests to visit residents, we have several solutions that are hugely beneficial to the care sector in the current climate. We are offering hire options that are available on a monthly basis (typically 3 – 6 month periods) as well as purchase options if preferred.To find out more about how we can help your care home safely facilitate family visits, please complete the form and we will then contact you to discuss your requirements and show you how we can help!
Showplace’s temporary structures can be rapidly deployed, taking only one day to build, thus providing extra space resource quickly and efficiently. To create additional, flexible space within 24 hours, reduces disruption for both staff and residents.
All of the materials within our structures comply with strict fire retardant requirements and can provide an enclosed facility with partitions and two-way intercom, or a more open solution.
We provide a large range of both 5m and 6m temporary structures for flexible hire. They are extremely quick and straightforward to erect on hard ground (such as car parks and tarmac) or on grass and turfed areas. They are safe and secure, and suitable for facilitating family (and friends!) visits while social distancing measures are in place.
Our temporary visitor pods are easily transportable, with rapid deployment on grass or hard surfaces such as carparks. They are perfect for getting families back together!
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