Resthome visitors return

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Joy Nicholas (wearing the mask) catches up Rosebank resident and Bernie Mavor.

Visitors are back at Rosebank Resthome and residents and staff couldn’t be happier.

There was a steady stream of visitors to the Walnut Avenue resthome and hospital complex at the return to Level 2 last week.

Strict rules are in place and visitor hours are between 10am and 11.30am and 2pm and 4pm.

Signing in via QR code and register is mandatory and masks need to be worn at all times.

Only one visitor is permitted per resident and visits have to take place in the room of the resident.

People under 12 are not allowed to visit.

Rosebank manager Sue Prowse said it was very busy on the opening day of Level 2.

As well as receiving visitors, some residents had been able to leave Rosebank for a while and enjoyed time with family members and friends.

There were more challenges with the Delta virus, but everyone was being very co-operative.

“I think many of our residents are more resilient than we give them credit and it is the relatives that worry more about them,” Mrs Prowse said.

For some residents the second lockdown was easier, but for others the novelty had worn off.

Residents and staff across all facilities except the village had now received two vaccinations, which offered more reassurance, Mrs Prowse said.

Residents do not need to wear masks and have been coming together in the lounge.

A number of them are nonagenarians.

Mrs Prowse said staff had once again become like family to residents during lockdown and had supported and entertained them.

Volunteers were not yet back at Rosebank, but would return soon.

-By Mick Jensen