The Friends of Doddington Lodge Residential Care Home supported the work of the home situated near Kidderminster.
The Friends aimed to improve the quality of life of the residents of the care home by working with staff, residents and relatives.
The Friends of Doddington Lodge were looking to develop services on the site. We found that this was particularly valued by some residents who through deteriorating health did not have the confidence to come out of their rooms. Alongside this we supported the care homes’ activities’ coordinators by providing extra pairs of hands during organised activity sessions and outings.
Thank you to Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund
The Friends of Doddington Lodge Care Home are delighted to have received funding from Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund for £500.
The money will go towards tablets which will help to ease the isolation, so residents can keep in touch with their friends, relatives and volunteers via Skype or Zoom, and they will also be able to use them to provide entertainment or even simple exercise videos. Part of the fund will be spent on radios, solitary games such as playing cards and jigsaws and garden games so residents can enjoy their time in the garden.
Friends of Doddington Lodge update
In less than a month it feel like everything has changed. As I was looking at my diary for March, we had committee meetings planned for most homes, and lots of volunteers on the brink of starting. I did get to a Dementia Cafe in very early March but within days we were having to look at everything differently
Dear Care Home Friend,
In less than a month it feel like everything has changed. As I was looking at my diary for March, we had committee meetings planned for most homes, and lots of volunteers on the brink of starting. I did get to a Dementia Cafe in very early March but within days we were having to look at everything differently.
In all homes, we have no volunteers going in. Understandably, most care homes won’t even allow families to visit residents except in very extenuating circumstances.
We regularly hear from volunteers who want to help, to continue to do something to support the residents and staff of the home that they are supporting. If any of you have any thoughts about something volunteers might practically do, please let us know.
So what are we doing? The King’s Fund, where our offices are located, shut down at very short notice. The last few hours looked a bit like we are passengers on the Titanic grabbing the essentials for an unknown period in the lifeboats. At this point, the care homes support team are all set up to work from home.
You may continue to hear from Sona who is totally reviewing and updating all our records relating to volunteers. We are contacting some as part of the process. Also we are continuing to have regular enquiries from people who want to get involved once we come out the other side of this current situation. We are processing their applications, taking up references etc.
Alongside this Said and Kim are getting the financial records up to date. Today is the last day of the care home groups financial year, so there is plenty to do to prepare the draft accounts.
Alongside this we are continuing to look for funders who might support the projects you have told us you would like to do.
So, while perhaps less physically present, we are continuing to work hard to ensure these projects are in the best position they can be, once we return to practical day to day volunteering in the homes.
Once again, if you have any ideas on what else we might do now, do get in touch. In the meantime, do stay safe and well.
With very best wishes
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