Dedicated carers at The Ferns, an Avens group residential care home for adults with learning and physical disabilities located in Raunds, Northamptonshire, have created a pub in their back garden for the residents to enjoy during lockdown.
The inventive staff decided to make the most of the sunshine and create The Ferns Public House as a way to keep customers engaged and entertained during lockdown. Together, residents and staff crafted a pub sign, menu, drinks tokens and proof of age identification badges, in an effort to ease any lockdown longings for a visit to the local.
On opening day there was a long queue to get in while security checked everyone’s proof of age on the door. Once inside customers were supported to exchange tokens for drinks and bar snacks. There was even a pub quiz!
Julie Morrison, manager at The Ferns explains: "A change of routine is difficult for most of us, for our customers it can present even more of a challenge. During lockdown day services have remained closed and our usual outings and activities have been cancelled. This has been particularly upsetting for a number of our customers who usually enjoy spending their time out and about and involved with the community. I am so proud of my team who have used their initiative to create our own little piece of normalcy and fun whilst we wait for things to return to normal. They really are superb carers.”
The Ferns is a small care home offering highly personalised specialist care for up to ten individuals with learning disabilities. It has been open since 2014 when it was extensively refurbished by Avens Ltd. Avens have been providing expert care and support for over 25 years.