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Big smiles for Christmas as care homes are given the approval to end the mask-wearing rule for caregivers

Wearing masks in care homes will no longer be mandatory as Britain continues to live with Covid.

The new rules will see homes given autonomy over when masks should be worn, and outbreak measures deployed, with individual risk assessments. The new guidance makes clear they should only be worn when necessary.

The darkest days of the pandemic are thankfully behind us, and for most people, Covid restrictions are a memory and life is back to normal – but not for those in care homes or being cared for at home.

For them, many of the people they see are still wearing masks, it’s a barrier to communication, and it gets in the way of a smile that could brighten the day.

Masks make it hard to understand what people are saying, and for people with hearing impairments, makes it impossible to lip-read.

Well, that’s now about to change, wearing masks in care homes will no longer be mandatory, the new guidance makes clear they should only be worn when necessary.

I know the staff will welcome the chance to – once again – to give the people they care for a simple but precious thing, a smile!

Our resident Kate celebrates 100th birthday and looks back on century of life

Her first job at 14 years old was gruelling 12-hour shifts at Tates Timber Yard. Kate Latus, who is now a resident residing at our Cottingham Manor Care Home, was independent up until she turned 99 years old and worked tirelessly her whole life, juggling up to three jobs at a time and even volunteering for charity…

The GRAND REOPENING of our newly refurbished Haven (Dementia Care) at our Westfield Park Care Home (Goole)

Last week saw the grand reopening of our newly refurbished Haven (Dementia Care) at our Westfield Park Care Home in Goole. The Haven was officially announced reopened by our longest serving resident Kate, who has lived with us at Westfield Park for 13 years! The afternoon of celebrations began with Fizz, balloons, live music, a…