Residents of Cork care centre reassure families in touching video message

Residents of Cork care centre reassure families in touching video message
Just some of the residents at Haven Bay Care Centre in Kinsale who sent a special video message to their loved ones reassuring them that they are safe.

A local care centre has come up with an innovative way to let families of its residents know that they are all safe.

It comes as visitation restrictions remain in place at all nursing homes and care centres across the country amid the spread of Covid-19.

Residents of Haven Bay Care Centre in Kinsale reassured their families that they are safe and that life will return to normal again in a video which was inspired by singer Vera Lynn.

Many of the residents have gone through some incredible life experiences and are inspired by the words of Vera Lynn in her song We’ll Meet Again, an obvious choice for their video message to their families.

Activities coordinator Deirdre Mullins, along with dementia champion Linda Jordan came up with the concept and organised the making of the video with the residents.

Speaking to The Echo, Ms Mullins said: “We wanted to make sure that the residents knew that their families knew that they were okay and obviously telephone calls are one thing and Skype is another but sometimes people don’t get the concept of it especially if you’ve got a cognitive impairment.

Residents at Haven Bay Care Centre in Kinsale sent a special video message to their loved ones reassuring them that they are safe.
Residents at Haven Bay Care Centre in Kinsale sent a special video message to their loved ones reassuring them that they are safe.

“We love Vera Lynn and we had a big thing for her Birthday which was recently, she was 103, and we were singing We’ll Meet Again which everybody liked so I said why don’t we do something with this song and they all love it because they love the tune of it and I asked if they would be willing to become film stars for the day.” 

Ms Mullins worked on the lyrics which were changed in relation to the current situation to make it relevant to the residents and after some practice runs they filmed the residents singing to the tune while holding up sheets of paper with the lyrics on them.

She said that they wanted to keep the concept simple and something that the residents would enjoy.

Residents at Haven Bay Care Centre in Kinsale sent a special video message to their loved ones reassuring them that they are safe.
Residents at Haven Bay Care Centre in Kinsale sent a special video message to their loved ones reassuring them that they are safe.

There were a total of 30 residents who were involved in the making of the video, both on screen and behind the scenes.

Ms Mullins said that it sparked conversation among residents about their past experiences and the current situation.

“It's particularly tough because it's hard for people to comprehend it and if someone gets a card which is lovely in a letter but because people’s short term memory isn't so great they might not get the concept of what it’s about. So again it’s reassurance.

“People do have the essence of they’re missing their families, their friends and they’re missing going out and having visitors in.” 

She said that Haven Bay has been receiving generous donations from the local community gardaí, Personal Protective Equipment from local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and visors from the students at Kinsale Community College. 

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