A Nottingham care home boss has told how his staff are not wearing PPE over fears it will scare residents.
Beechdale House has so far escaped the ravages of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The care home’s owner Lax Wodhwadia has revealed his staff and patients are COVID free so he’s asked staff not to wear PPE to prevent scaring the residents.
Mr Wodhwadia said: “Thankfully we haven’t needed it (PPE) because I won’t allow my staff in the care setting to wear masks or anything like that so they don’t scare the residents.”
Staff do still wear aprons as that is standard equipment for carers but until a member of staff or resident is contracts COVID-19 they will continue as normal.
He added: “We haven’t had anybody showing any symptoms and if anybody did we would take them into isolation or a segregated area.
“The staff would wear the mask and equipment when they go and care for the resident.”
But there has been precautions taken by the care home with people who have come in contact with the virus.
A father of a member of staff who had contracted the virus and come in contact with the staff member prompted the owner to send the staff member home to get tested.
This comes after the UK government have started drive through testing across the country for members of the public and at risk staff.
The care home owner raised his concern over the difficulties in finding products essential to homes due the virus.
he added: “Trying to get hold of the stock we need to do our job has shot through the roof if you can find it.
“If you can find gloves, aprons and hand sanitizer they’re three times as much now than they were 2 months ago.”
But the care home boss hopes his business will come through the pandemic even though Mr Wodhwadia has had to go into the care home financial reserves to keep it running.
Up until now the care home has had no deaths or confirmed cases of the virus and to maintain a positive atmosphere.
Mr Wodhwadia spoke of other ways to maintain a positive atmosphere in the home he said: “When we’re in here we act as if its a normal day and the outside world is forgotten about.
“We play games and take the residents out into the garden, we have picnic all the time and sing along games.
“We’ve recently had a family member send money for VE day celebrations for the staff tomorrow.”
This is one care home that is not part of the recent Office for National Statistics data and is showing there is still people trying to maintain a normal life even during a pandemic.