Every member of staff who has worked at Temple Grove Care Home, near Uckfield, during the Coronavirus lockdown is named on a plaque to be displayed, with pride, in reception.
General manager Alison Barnes said the plaque was commissioned as a way of thanking all the staff who have worked with dedication as lockdown continues beyond 13 weeks.
The 107 names form a heart shape and the finished, framed, tribute was presented to Alison by Dr Sarah Richards, from Buxted Surgery, as she carried out her weekly rounds last week.
Alison said afterwards: “We think it is important to commemorate all the staff who have remained so positive and upbeat during this period. The plaque will be given pride of place in reception.”
Copies will also be displayed in the home’s two units and staff will be able to ask for them too.
Alison added that the home remains closed to visitors – unless there are exceptional circumstances – and, so far, it has remained free of Covid-19 which has caused a high death toll in care homes across the country.
She said weekly random testing was being undertaken within the home, making use of the Government’s home testing kits.
She said: “We are very mindful of the need to allow some form of visits as soon as we believe it is safe to do so.
“Both the directors, Joanne and Mark Ellison and myself, continue to monitor the situation at both a national and local level.
“Whilst the infection rate is coming down across the country, the R Rate for the South East has increased recently to 0.97.
“Therefore, whilst the Government are now looking to ease restrictions, primarily due to economic reasons, we feel that with the R Rate being so close to 1.0, it would be sensible to continue to restrict visits for the next few weeks.
“We believe this is important in order to assess the impact of the easing of the Government’s restrictions on the R rate at a local level.
“We will of course carry on reviewing the situation and remain committed to allowing visits as soon as we feel it is safe to do so.”
Alison said the atmosphere in the home remained very calm and the residents, without exception seem settled, even though the current situation was continuing for longer than was probably expected back in March.
She added: “The importance of Facetime cannot be underestimated and we again thank all those who have embraced this technology so brilliantly.”