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Pod offers lifeline to residents

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Residents in a Dudley Council care home can now meet with friends and family thanks to a new visitor pod.

The pod has been built in recent weeks within Tiled House Care Home, in Pensnett.

The home offers short-term reablement care to people being discharged from hospital.

It will be used to allow residents to have one regular visitor as outlined in the Prime Minister’s road map to easing restrictions.

It means residents have the comfort of seeing and talking to a family member or friend through a window but with the safety of being in a separate room, bringing down any risk of transmission of the virus.

The pod is also used for professionals such as social workers to safely visit and meet with residents.

Anyone who enters the care home must have a lateral flow test, which can also be carried out in the pod.

Councillor Nicolas Barlow at Tiled House

Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member for health and adult social care (pictured above), said:

This pod will make a huge difference to the lives of residents during their stay at Tiled House as we know how difficult the last 12 months have been for people living in care homes and for their family members and friends.
We are also putting plans in place to take things one step further and provide a room for residents to meet with their regular visitor and hold hands, again this was something the Prime Minister outlined last month and we know this will be welcomed by many.

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