Following their participation in The Vivaldi study, Lansdowne Care Home recently hosted a visit by Michelle Murray, Director General for Adult Social Care in the Department of Health and Social Care, Lucy Chappell, Chief Scientific Officer to the Department of Health and Social Care and Dame Jenny Harries, CEO UK Health Security Agency.
The visit was organised so the attendees could find out more about the challenges the home faced during the pandemic, the involvement it has had with the Vivaldi Study and to discuss opportunities for future studies primarily around infection control.
Lansdowne Care Home participated in The Vivaldi study by working in partnership with University College London to review COVID immunity through a combination of data obtained from antibody blood testing and PCR testing.
As well taking a tour of the care home and meeting the people who live and work there, the guests participated in an awards ceremony for residents and team members who took part in The Vivaldi study. They also spent a great deal of time talking to the care team who explained how they coped with challenges such as changing guidelines, managing family visits and having team members absent due to needing to isolate.
Home Manager, Geoffrey Odur, said: “Of course we faced difficulties like lots of others during the pandemic, but I’m proud to say we responded extremely well and received lots of positive feedback from residents and their families. Lansdowne Care Home was awarded The Carehome.co.uk ‘Top 20 Award’ in 2021 for being in the top 20 most highly recommended care homes in the London region with a review score of 9.9 out of 10.
“We were delighted to host this visit by the Department of Health and Social Care who recognised our efforts to keep people safe as well as our valuable contribution to The Vivaldi study and our eagerness to participate in future research and initiatives.”
The home’s Magic Moments Coordinator, Jyotsana Shrestha, added: “It was such a positive and encouraging visit. We loved seeing how Jenny, Michelle and Lucy enjoyed interacting with our residents and colleagues when they joined us in the garden for our music activity session.”
Lansdowne Care Home, rated 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), is located in Cricklewood, London and provides nursing care, nursing dementia care, respite care, palliative care, intermediate care, and specialist care to support mental health and learning disabilities.
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