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Long awaited reunions at Orchard House Care Centre

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For some residents at Orchard House Care Centre in Newport the long awaited reunion with family and friends became a reality recently, as garden visits have now been allowed to commence at the home.

For some residents at Orchard House Care Centre in Newport the long awaited reunion with family and friends became a reality recently, as garden visits have now been allowed to commence at the home.

There has been much careful planning and preparation for this moment by Barchester Healthcare, who run Orchard House Care Centre.

It was welcome news to so many residents, family, and friends, who were kept apart due to following strict government guidance. Residents and their relatives enjoyed getting together in the home’s garden and the garden was full of joy and chatter and laughter.

Gaynor Rhead, General Manager at the home, said: “This has been a much welcomed development in what have been very strange times. The visits are well organised, and a lot of safety measures have been put in place to continue to keep everyone safe. It was wonderful to see how happy it made the residents and their relatives.”

June, a resident at Orchard House Care Centre said: “The staff here have been so wonderful teaching me how to use video calls so I could keep in touch with my family, but nothing beats seeing my Niece in real life. This was a special moment, and I was over the moon.”

We are welcoming new residents into our homes to ensure that we are there for those that need care and support, and have a very clear admission policy and infection control protocols that must be met. Please do give us a call on 01983 520022 if you are looking for care or need any further help.

Orchard House Care Centre is run by Barchester Healthcare, one of the UK’s largest care providers, which is committed to delivering high-quality care across its care

homes and hospitals. Orchard House provides nursing care, residential care, respite care and dementia care.