Published: Tuesday 5th January 2021
Ashworth Grange is one of the first homes in Kirklees to receive the Covid-19 vaccination as residents and the staff team received their first dose of the Pfizer/BioNtech jab
Management at Ashworth Grange had pre-empted the essential administrative processes and were ready to go with all the paperwork arranged. Residents and their families have been eagerly awaiting news of when they will be able to receive the vaccine at their home and were thrilled to find out that they were top of the list. Dr. Indira Kasibhatla and Registered Nurses from The Albion Mount Medical Practice attended the home on 3rd January and carried out the vaccinations quickly and efficiently.
William Atkinson, 92, who has lived at Ashworth Grange for just over 2 years, has received his vaccination today. He said, “Everyone at Ashworth Grange has been fantastic and it just felt right to do this together. It all went smoothly and was very well organised. I feel privileged to be one of the first to have the vaccine and although we have stayed safe at home, I am hopeful that this is the start of the whole world bouncing back from this awful year.”
Stacey Linn, Director at Ashworth Grange’s operator Ideal Carehomes, has commended the team. She said, “Our staff have been inspirational throughout the pandemic – not just for the way they have worked together to protect their residents but also for how quickly and efficiently they have responded to numerous new guidelines over the last few months.
This is testament to the fact that they were prepared and ready for the vaccine roll-out. I am so proud of our manager, Paul, and everyone at Ashworth Grange for their continued resilience, dedication and commitment. It is an emotional moment to be able to take this positive step together in the fight against coronavirus.”
Ashworth Grange Home Manager, Paul Rowson, said: “This year has been a real challenge for everyone but we have always had faith that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and the availability of a vaccine has been our continued hope that we will return to normal. The GP and Registered Nurses who came to complete the vaccinations have been brilliant and the process was fast and efficient. We are just so relieved to know that our residents will be protected from this virus, as that has been the most important thing to us throughout.”
Staff and residents at other Ideal Carehomes across the country are also receiving the jab and the roll-out is expected to be completed over the next few weeks.
Ashworth Grange, operated by Ideal Carehomes, is a residential and dementia care home boasting a hair salon and café. The home is currently welcoming new residents for short and long term placements and loved ones are able to visit in dedicated Covid-safe social rooms (subject to current guidelines). For more information, contact Paul on 01924 869 970 or visit www.idealcarehomes.co.uk