The Olympic Lodge and other buildings at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Aylesbury have been transformed into a social care facility for adults in response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.
The centre will be open from Monday 6th April 2020.
The lodge has been completely re-purposed, in just three weeks, as a care and re-ablement centre to look after vulnerable adults during the current Covid-19 pandemic.
The aim of the centre is to get people back into their homes as soon as possible. The centre will care for:
- Hospital patients who no longer require acute care but are not quite ready to go home and;
- People living at home who, temporarily, are unable to remain there because they have no support.
Up to 240 beds will be available staffed by a team of care workers and supported by volunteers to provide round the clock care and support to those staying there. To help the centre run smoothly stadium catering and hospitality staff are supporting the Olympic Lodge.
To prevent the potential spread of Covid-19 and keep both residents and staff safe visitors will not be allowed. However, the centre has been equipped with mobile phones and tablets for people to stay in touch with their family and friends. All meals and laundry services will be provided and residents will have access to TVs and other entertainment.
Explaining why the facility was needed, Angela Macpherson, Executive Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care, said: ‘The benefits of setting up this centre are two-fold. Not only are we freeing up beds in hospitals which can be used to care for critically ill patients, we are also ensuring that our most vulnerable residents have a safe place to go where they will be cared for. They will be away from the danger of infection in hospital and under the care and supervision of a team of specialist staff.
It is an amazing feat to have got this centre up and running in just three weeks and I congratulate everyone involved.
Ultimately we want to make sure that during this time of national emergency that we are working pro-actively to do all we can to protect our most vulnerable residents from the dangers posed by Covid-19.
Whatever time or help you can give will be of huge benefit. Our staff will be carrying out the main care duties for these clients but our volunteers will provide much needed support and assistance to help them do this. It’s a great way to get involved and join the huge national wave of support for our vulnerable communities.‘
An application has been made to register the centre with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
A range of volunteers with a health or social care background is being sought to help care for clients. Full training and support will be given to all those who volunteer. Anyone wishing to volunteer or for further information is asked to do so by completing the form at https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/community-hub/helping-others/health-and-social-care-volunteer-support/ or by email at [email protected].
*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire Council.