Southampton MP Takes Questions from Sunrise of Bassett Residents

Sunrise  |  October 12, 2020

Residents at Sunrise of Bassett have spoken to Caroline Nokes, the Member of Parliament for Romsey and Southampton North, about how the team at the care home have kept them safe, well and entertained during Covid-19. They also spoke about Caroline’s work in parliament.

The video call took place on Sunday 4th October, to mark Silver Sunday, after Sunrise of Bassett wrote an open letter to Caroline Nokes MP asking her to support their #CelebrateCareHomes campaign - which seeks to reaffirm the importance of care homes. Lorraine Riggs and Jean Dewey, both Resident Ambassadors at Sunrise of Bassett, then spoke to Caroline about their experiences of Covid-19 and of her work to champion care homes.

In their open letter, Sunrise of Bassett noted how team members at the care home have gone above and beyond to protect the wellbeing of their residents. This includes accommodating a number of birthdays, anniversaries and other significant celebrations for their residents by organising socially distanced garden visits and isolated celebrations with their families.

 Speaking of their call with Caroline, Assia Begum, Community Relations Associate at Sunrise of Bassett, said:

 “It was wonderful to have the opportunity to speak to Caroline about her role as an MP and of her work promoting the importance of care homes both here in Southampton and across the country.

 “At Sunrise of Bassett, we’ve worked tirelessly to keep our residents safe during Covid-19. Our #CelebrateCareHomes campaign hopes to champion this as well as the invaluable work of the many thousands of other care homes during this challenging time. To have the backing of our local MP is a great feeling and we hope that the campaign will go on to make a real difference across the whole care home sector.”

 Speaking of her experience at Sunrise of Bassett over the last few months, Lorraine Riggs said:

 “People of my era remember the terrible times we endured during World War 2. This pandemic is the worst thing that has happened since. However, at Sunrise of Bassett, testing of residents and staff is being carried out regularly, team members are always very careful to follow correct procedures, mindful of residents’ vulnerabilities, and every effort is made to give us emotional support as we have lost the freedom to go out and receive visitors whenever we wish.”

 Jean Dewey added: 

“All residents at Sunrise of Bassett praise the care home’s team members for protecting us over the last six months and for the daily care and support which is always available. During lockdown, our activity staff have offered numerous interesting occupations every day to suit all residents without outside entertainers and help. These efforts lifted the hearts of those who might be feeling ‘down’ during the lockdown.”

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