Protecting The Naval Community’s Most Vulnerable

Protecting The Naval Community’s Most Vulnerable

As the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the nation in 2020, a key priority for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity was to protect the most vulnerable in the Royal Navy community, particularly elderly veterans. Last year the RNRMC awarded a grant of £10,000 to Erskine to help purchase thermal imaging equipment for their four Homes and their Activities Centre in response to COVID-19.

As lockdown restrictions lifted in the summer of 2020, caution was essential for Erskine as they began allowing visitors to return. The thermal imaging system installed across Erskine facilities is calibrated to detect small temperature increases in people entering the buildings. Erskine can ensure that those with a raised temperature do not enter, reducing the possible risk of COVID-19 transmission. This is hugely important as Erskine began to welcome visitors to their Homes again and started to re-open the Activities Centre. The equipment will also have significant long-term benefits for infection control at Erskine as it will help detect any future variants of coronavirus, norovirus or seasonal flu.

Erskine’s residents enjoy a high quality of life through enhanced on-site support services such as physiotherapy, access to specialist care staff like Advanced Nurse Practitioners and Dementia Nurse Consultants, and staying physically and mentally active. Veterans also benefit from social engagement through an extensive programme of recreational activities, regular trips and outings, and the camaraderie of like-minded fellow Veterans and spouses. During COVID-19, Erskine has carefully adapted their care to continue providing the best possible support while minimising risk for their elderly residents who live with complex medical needs and neurological conditions such as dementia.

The RNRMC have worked closely with Erskine over the past ten years and the £10,000 was the second grant awarded to the care provider in 2020. A separate grant of £40,000 contributed towards the cost of providing nursing, dementia and palliative care for Royal Navy and Royal Marines Veterans at The Erskine Home, Bishopton. This partnership working helps ensure highest standard of care and support for Royal Navy and Royal Marines Veterans during these challenging times and beyond.

Erskine’s Director of Care, Derek Barron: “We are extremely grateful to The Royal Navy and Marines Charity for their latest generous donation. This £10,000 grant will greatly benefit Royal Navy and Royal Marines Veterans at Erskine’s Homes and our Activities Centre in Bishopton. The installation of thermal imaging cameras will enable us to identify any staff and visitors entering our buildings who have a raised temperature, significantly aiding us in our attempts to control COVID-19 and other seasonal viruses. This will help Erskine to continue delivering the expert care and support that Scotland’s Veterans truly deserve, even more so at this challenging time.”

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