Alzheimer’s Support is starting to welcome members back to its day clubs in Wiltshire. The Mill Street Club in Trowbridge will reopen once a new ventilation and extraction unit has been fitted – hopefully by the end of August.
The charity has worked with Wiltshire Council and Public Health England to ensure its clubs are safe to reopen. They are a lifeline for members and their families, many of whom have found life in lockdown extremely isolating and difficult.
Head of Day Care at Alzheimer’s Support Grant Newton said: “A huge amount of thought, planning and application has gone into this. Our plans have been scrutinised by experts and explained in great detail to families so everyone can feel reassured. “While the heart and humour of the clubs will remain unchanged, there will be, of necessity, many changes in how we operate to keep people safe.”
These include setting specific guidance and risk assessment, strict infection control measures, staff wearing PPE as appropriate and activities in smaller groups. At lunchtime, ready-cooked meals from leading food company, apetito, will be served in place of the club’s usual home-cooked lunches.