A Caremark franchise based in Essex has marked the return of self-isolating clients back into the community by hosting an afternoon tea party.
The team at Caremark (Southend and Rochford) noticed that many of their customers had not accessed the community for several months, and in some cases over a year, due to the pandemic and wanted to arrange something to lift their sprits.
After receiving feedback from clients, a tea party was held on June 30 for 14 clients.
Customers were able to enjoy an afternoon of music, bingo and a raffle, with many local businesses donating prizes, such as vouchers for cafes and restaurants.
Many clients and their families have comments on how well the event was planned and the huge impact it had on them. One such client said: “I have not been out for over a year and it is lovely to see other people again and to be outside of my home.”
Another client commented: “I lost my wife during the pandemic. I cannot be sad as I know how lucky I am, but today has been lovely and I have met some lovey people, I hope we can do this again soon”.
Deepak Menon, managing director of Caremark (Southend & Rochford), said: “It was so lovely to see all our service users most of them who were stepping out for the first time after shielding for over a year. The smiles on their face were priceless.
“I am also ever so thankful to my wonderful staff who have always worked very hard especially during the pandemic relentlessly and cared for all the service users in the best possible way.
“It was overwhelming to see the kind of support we received from the local business community to support the event by generously donating gifts, snacks and other items towards making this event enjoyable and entertaining.”
Home Care Insight shared this story as part of our Good Care News series, launched in January 2020, which aims to highlight the important contribution that care workers and their employers make to society.