Tracey Kell
Registered care home manager Tracey Kell who works at 220 Preston Road.

Care home residents enjoy revamped open space during coronavirus pandemic

A care home in Hull has revamped its garden for residents who are unable to get out and about during the Covid-19 pandemic.

220 Preston Road is an in-house residential care home that provides personal care to young adults with autism or a learning disability. As part of this care, residents are usually taken for regular outings and community activities.

But following the Government’s social distancing rules, these activities have been restricted.

Instead, staff at the centre took it upon themselves to revamp the garden area, using bright colours to increase its sensory feel.

Preston Road garden

Some of the work which has taken place to improve isolation for residents at 220 Preston Road

Deputy manager Nicola Gerken said: “In a short space of time, the project has really increased the garden’s sensory appeal and made the area a much more inviting place for our residents to spend their time during isolation.

“We would like to say a big thank you to all involved for going above and beyond their duties to help support our residents’ happiness and wellbeing at this challenging time.”

The home also won a competition to have a piece of art designed by inmates at HMP Hull installed at the facility.

It is often used as a distraction technique for the residents when anxiety levels rise.

Art designed by inmates at HMP Hull

Combined with the newly designed garden, the home aims to offer a safe haven for its few residents.

The assisted living facility received a “good” rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in May last year. Read more here.

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