The owners of Cherry Grove Nursing Home in Priesthaggard, Campile have issued the following statement, saying they have been inundated with well wishes and messages of support following the publication of our article last week:
‘Cherry Grove Nursing Home can confirm as of 23rd May the Home is Covid-free. Covid-19 testing of residents and staff has confirmed such. We take this opportunity to extend our thanks to residents, relatives and staff.
‘Staff have provided residents with outstanding care and have shown tremendous commitment to meeting the clinical, health, and social care needs of our residents during this most challenging time.
‘For our residents, we acknowledge and appreciate the loss of loved one’s physical presence, personal touch and visits. Within our local community, county, and the country we owe a great debt of gratitude to the wonderful staff working in our nursing homes.
‘We grieve the loss of some of our residents to COVID 19. May we extend our deepest condolences to their families and friends. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
‘Our exceptional team here in Cherry Grove are focussed on enhancing the lives of our residents by providing great care, comfort and support. This too has been a particularly difficult and traumatic time for our staff as they have a deep emotional connection with all residents. In truth, this experience will never be forgotten.
‘Thank you also to the families of residents and the extended community for your continued support during these challenging times.
‘We have had exceptional support throughout this time from the HSE, Public Health Department, Local General Practitioners, and Local Representatives, support agencies, suppliers. Our local community was outstanding- offering: collections and deliveries, housing accommodation, donations for residents and staff, letters of support and encouragement. (one from Scotland with no connection to area which was extremely uplifting).
‘Our representative organisation Nursing Homes Ireland is actively engaged with the health authorities with regard to easing of visitor restrictions, with the advice of Government and NPHET (the National Public Health Emergency Team) critical in this regard.
‘We are turning towards slowly building up resources and resilience of residents and staff alike, our focus now is restoring health and wellness - physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
‘Various supports such as physiotherapy, nutritional therapy, occupational therapy, mental health supports, pastoral care, visiting, will be added and offered slowly in a consistent, considered, and planned approach based on official guidelines and resident’s needs.
‘We look forward to your continued support in ensuring the continued safety and welfare of our residents and staff.
‘Stay safe and stay well.’
Tom & Siobhan Cummins
Cherry Grove Nursing Home