Over a period of three weeks, and in part during a confirmed COVID-19 Outbreak at The Croft Residential Home in Newton Abbot, the BBC South West Regional News programme, Spotlight, filmed a feature giving viewers an insight into life for dementia sufferers during a coronavirus-enforced lockdown.  “What we learned about our residents through that process was surprising and…

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It is with mixed feelings that we announce The Croft is now officially “COVID-19 Free” after three weeks of outstanding effort and dedicated care by our team to contain the virus and limit its impact.    This morning we received test results for the two residents who had tested positive for COVID-19 14 days ago.  Today they were confirmed…

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The Croft is currently in the third week of a Confirmed Outbreak of COVID-19. Our status, as of 6th May, is that we have two residents living on site who tested positive for COVID-19 one week ago. One further resident, who had tested positive two weeks ago, was retested last week and is now negative…

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It is with huge sadness that we announce the passing of one of our beloved residents, who was confirmed as positive for COVID-19 on admission to hospital last weekend.  This person passed away peacefully last night in Torbay hospital. Our thoughts are very much with their family and friends.   This news was on the back of receiving confirmation…

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On the afternoon of Monday 20th April, we received word from Torbay Hospital that one of our residents was confirmed as positive for COVID-19, having been tested on admission to hospital the day before.  As a result, we are operating on the assumption the virus has been in our home, although at this time no…

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My business partner and co-Provider, David, and I acquired our first residential care home 18 months ago.  The Croft is a residential home for 22 elderly people, specialising in Dementia Care, and based in Devon.  Since the start, we’ve been on a roller coaster ride of learning, while also running our other businesses.  The pinnacle of learning so…

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We have launched our Facebook Page in the midst of the coronavirus crisis to help friends and relatives of our lovely relatives keep up to date with what’s going on in their lives. Please “Like” and “Follow” our page so that you receive our regular updates on life in the home. 

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In these unprecedented times we need to take unprecedented measures, especially as there are very few health professionals in the UK who have had to deal with a disease as dangerous as COVID-19. Which means we are recruiting a consultant, from anywhere in the world, who has experience developing, implementing and overseeing Infection Control protocols…

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Priti Patel, the UK Home Secretary, recently came under much fire for stating that people earning less than £25,000 per annum are, on the whole, low skilled.  The negative reactions to her comments were vitriolic, at best.  While I’m no fan of Priti Patel, she is representative of a political class that is largely out of touch…

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