Trapped: Nine nursing home staff isolates themselves with the dementia patients they care for so they can take care of the nursing when the coronavirus strikes
- Employees of Bridgedale House in Sheffield isolate themselves with dementia patients
- Nine employees do not return home after their shifts because of coronavirus fears
- Employees include a cook, cleaner, manager, and caretakers who use guest rooms
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An outbreak of coronavirus among the vulnerable residents of a care home can have disastrous consequences.
So nine compassionate staff at Bridgedale House, Sheffield home, have taken the extraordinary step of isolating themselves with the 23 dementia patients they care for.
They have given up going home after their shifts because they could carry the deadly infection on their return.
The dedicated nine – including a cook, cleaner, manager, and caregivers – stay in the home for 24 hours a day for at least two weeks.
Care assistants Sarah Willis (left) and Maria Mantu with residents of Bridgedale House nursing home in Sheffield pictured on lockdown during coronavirus outbreak
They work shifts of 12 hours seven days a week and use spare rooms for sleeping quarters.
It means they will rely on technology to keep in touch with loved ones.
One of the volunteers – who make up a quarter of the total workforce – is Sarah Willis.
She said, “The risk of one of us picking it up and not knowing it and bringing it into the building is just too great, so we made the decision to do this.
In the photo: Mandy Boyce, Sarah Willis, Sarah-Jane Clark, Katie Wright, Maria Mantu, Kirsty Scott, Lynsey Wright and Mark Beck of Bridgedale House in Sheffield
“We try to keep it as calm as possible. Not all residents have the ability to understand what is happening. ‘
Miss Willis will be celebrating her 24th birthday this Thursday and will be working normally, although she hopes family and friends will deliver cards and presents.
Her 23-year-old colleague Sarah-Jane Clark said, “We do the work because we care.”