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The future of health & Social care

For care providers and people living in care homes, one of the most emotionally difficult aspects of the pandemic has been the need to lock down and prevent any non-essential visitors from entering the premises. Care Provider Oakland Care have come up with an ingenious idea which permits safe face-to-face visiting in their homes.

They have created a specially adapted Summerhouse for the garden of each of their care homes.

Each Summerhouse will have a transparent partition inside which creates two separate sections, each accessed through its own doorway. One half will be for a resident to sit in and the other can accommodate up to two visitors from the same household.

“We are, so far, free of coronavirus. However, we recognise that residents and families would dearly love to be able to see each other. We have been keeping people in touch via video calls but it’s not the same as being in the same space together. This is why we came up with the idea of the Summerhouses.” – Oakland Care’s Chief Executive Officer, Joanne Balmer

The cabin will be accessed by visitors via the garden gate to prevent them from having to enter the care home. Physical contact between the two sections will not be possible, so the risk of cross contamination of air or droplets is prevented.

Robust cleaning processes will take place between sessions, allowing time for permitting up to five visits per day.

Once the pandemic is over, the divider can be removed and the Summerhouse can be repurposed for other leisure activities.


Read more from this edition of Ahead of the Curve

Table of contents

Feature one:

Practical Futurist Andrew Gril looks at the new normal and how technology can be used to effect lasting change as we return to work.


Feature two:

The challenge for restaurants has rarely been greater; with the rise of app based delivery services and now coronavirus, how can the leisure and hospitality sector adapt to survive?


Feature three:

How is the new normal going to impact on how and where we work. Our real estate team looks at how the new role of the new office is having to change at a rapid pace.


Feature four:

Our regular feature looks at the workforce of the future. How has the coronavirus lockdown impacted on how we all work? And what will this look like going forward?


Feature five:

Graphcore are a company to keep an eye on. We spoke to Nigel Toon, CEO of Graphcore – a Bristol  business which brings Brunel spirit to a modern problem.


Feature six:

The housing market has been severely hit by the lockdown with sever restrictions on house viewings. But now things have started to free up, how can the industry future-proof itself?


Feature eight:

Video conferencing has been one of the heroes of lockdown. From social quizzes to board meetings – but people who have experienced a brain injury may find VC challenging…


Feature nine:

The book review – The new long life. Our regular book review feature, this time we look at The New Long Life, a book that looks at the challenges and opportunities of longevity.


Feature ten:

Coronavirus has moved the concept of climate away from the front and centre of many peoples minds, but should we be taking this opportunity build back a greener future?


Feature eleven:

In our regular feature Leading Edge, a selected charity is offered exclusive access to the back page of our magazine, this month it is CESA, the cauda equina syndrome charity.

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