Care home resident from Alford shares secret of coping with lockdown

A resident of a care home in Alford has found the perfect way of getting through lockdown - in the great outdoors.

Gordon Fraser loves getting outdoors.

Gordon Fraser, 81, of the Sandpiper Care Home, loves nothing more than getting outside keeping the grounds shipshape.

Registered Manager Kelly Davies says she is helping is proud of Gordon's efforts, especially as Coronavirus restrictions can make residents feel copped up and confined.

"Gordon loves to get outdoors and feel the sun, breeze and fresh air on his skin," she said. "He fully embraces the importance of connecting with nature, and he embodies the link between being outside with happiness and good mental health, so important during this time of adversity.

Gordon helping to keep the home ship-shape.

"For Gordon just being outside feeds the soul and fuels the spirit."

As well as helping the home's gardener Fraser Heath, Gordon keeps himself occupied reading, writing poetry and activities in the home.

“I love it here at Sandpiper and I love getting outside in the garden - it’s my pleasure," said Gordon, who has been at the home for two-and-a-half years.

"This is a difficult time, but there have been hard times in the past.

"We just have to make the most of what we can do and do our best to enjoy each day.”

The team at Sandpiper have made many provisions to ensure families stay in touch and connected during the pandemic.

Residents can talk to their loved ones via phone and video calls, and by using the visitor’s pod that has been installed in the homes reception area.

"The pod provides a simple, effective and safe way to manage visits during the restrictions in place due to the Coronavirus," said Kelly.

Anyone with concerns about themselves or a loved one please call Kelly on 01507 462112, or email the home at [email protected] . We’re here to help you!