Lise McNally interviews Lou Corris
Maple Lodge featured on a Granada News report in May when the subject of family visits to care homes was a ‘hot topic’. The home featured on the evening news in a report highlighting a campaign group supporting care home residents in calling on the Government to end what they call ‘inhumane restrictions’ on family visits.
The Rights for Residents Group, which was founded by two Liverpool women, said many care homes were ignoring the new relaxed guidelines on family visits – often limiting residents to one, 30 minute visit a week at most.
How great to see Lou Corris and her team talk about testing, visiting and how life has changed in our care homes for them, family members and our residents. Lou was interviewed and she was able to explain all of the continued efforts they, and all Dovehaven homes, were making to ensure that family members could visit their residents, safely, and within the government guidelines.
Lou said ‘We spend a lot of our time, the diaries quite full, I feel a bit like an events coordinator sometimes.’
Lou and her Maple Lodge team did the home and us proud. After the report was broadcast, two members of the public took the trouble to contact us via the Dovehaven website and send us comments about the report:
‘Hello. I watched your Interview on the TV tonight.
My mum (80) has dementia. She was in the Countess with a broken ankle and Covid hit so she wasn’t allowed home. They said my dad (82) couldn’t look after her safely. And they were right. At that point mum did recognise us. It took a while. But once we had sang all her favourite hymns, she got it. Xx But mum was eventually moved into a care home. And now we can see her she has absolutely no idea who we are. (The gap was just too long) We were , and still are such a close family.
When I watched your interview tonight. You said ‘I work with patients with dementia and you may think they don’t know you been for the visit but they are happier when you have gone. Xx
You have no idea how happy that made me feel. I phoned my sister and said, Did you see the lady on the news about care homes and she said yes … I couldn’t stop crying.
Lou. Thank you so much for your comments. We really didn’t think our mum could do emotion. Whose right? Will we never know. But tonight you gave us hope and made our weekly visits full of hope. Thank you.’
Just saw all about your Maple Lodge Home on news, how nice to see people who care and residents getting cared for,……. Your home looked lovely and you can see how much the girls loved the residents’
What wonderful comments!
Thank you to our family members who also took part in the report, we do appreciate it.
Should you wish to see the report, please follow this link