“This grant has been lifesaving” says care home of covid-19 emergency Trust funding

The Manager of a UK care home for vulnerable seafarers, has said that a grant from the ITF Seafarers’ Trust Covid-19 Emergency Fund has literally saved lives.

Tracy Keane from Care Ashore in Surrey said: “I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that this grant has been lifesaving. Without it we wouldn’t have had the equipment and expertise to meet the needs of some really vulnerable older people.”

Steve Todd, Chair of Care Ashore Trustees, expressed his gratitude to the Trust for the funding and praised the staff on site for keeping the home Covid-free in this difficult time. “We really appreciate the ITF Seafarers’ Trust for their timely award. The staff have done a great job in putting the safety of the residents first.”

Care Ashore – which celebrates its centenary year in 2020 – provides accommodation and support to 47 ex and current seafarers. It was awarded a Trust grant after suffering a massive blow to income as a result of the lockdown.

As well as providing around the clock service to make sure beneficiaries daily needs are being met, personal safety alarms have been supplied to all residents.

To date Care Ashore has experienced no cases of Covid-19, in stark contrast to the thousands of deaths in care homes up and down the UK.

One resident said the crisis had been managed “better than by most in the country” at the home.

Keane added: “We spent a lot of time preparing and planning when we could see this situation on the horizon. We locked down a week ahead of the official Government announcement and we made the decision to have a core staff team living on site so there was no risk of infection from outside our grounds.”

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