An Update from Prince Michael of Kent Court

Prince Michael of Kent Court, Watford – Exteriors

W Bro David Pearson PProvGSec, Media Team member, provides an overview and update from the Friends of Prince Michael of Kent Court and how they are coping during the Covid crisis.

Prince Michael of Kent Court is one of 17 residential care homes across England and Wales offering high quality care operated by the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution Care Co. (RMBI).

It is situated in its own grounds in a pleasant residential area of Watford not far from the town centre and Watford Junction station.

The Home has 55 rooms, most with ensuite facilities. It has a large lounge, a conservatory, a hair salon, a bar and a small library.

There’s a fully-serviced kitchen with a chef and catering team providing varied meal options for all dietary needs.

The Home is arranged into five wings, two of which are dedicated to Dementia support. Each wing has its own dining room and lounge.

Outside, there are lovely courtyards and gardens. Ample car parking is provided for visitors.

Helping the Home – Masonic Support –

The Home is supported by Lodges, Chapters, individual Freemasons from Middlesex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and London and by the Association of Friends.

The Friends keep up to date all those who support the Home with regular messages, which are particularly helpful during the Covid-19 crisis.

The Association of Friends is an independently registered charity with the following objectives.

Events and Fundraising – Working with the Home Manager and the Activities Team staff, it funds and organises a range of social, leisure and entertainment activities and events for the residents and their families, as well as funding chiropody for the residents.

Resources and Therapy Equipment – In close co-operation with the Home Manager it identifies and contributes to therapy equipment and other items for the benefit of residents, over and above what is provided by the RMBI.

What Money Can’t Buy – Members of the Association of Friends play an important role in providing friendship and comfort to the Home’s residents.

A chat and a smile, a little conversation and a joke bring so much joy, particularly for those residents who have minimal or no contact with relatives.

Members also assist residents wishing to attend Masonic meetings.

Prince Michael of Kent Court, Watford – Interiors

No Covid Casualties –

In its latest message to its supporters the Association has been pleased to report that PMKC has lost no residents to COVID-19, largely thanks to the magnificent efforts of Home manager, Beverley Roberts, and all her staff to ensure the safety of the residents.

Although the RMBI has had to make the difficult decision to suspend all visiting to support the continued efforts to reduce the infection rate across the country, the Home will facilitate End of Life visits to allow families and loved ones the opportunity to visit whilst following strict COVID-safe protocols.

Vaccines are currently being rolled out and by 5 January 44 residents and nearly a third of PMKC staff had received the first part of their vaccination. In the coming weeks the second part will be issued and staff that have not had the opportunity to access the vaccine will be able to do so.

A Testing Time –

Up to the first week of January all staff were tested each week and residents were tested monthly.

Owing to the rise in cases, particularly in the Watford area, the Home will now be testing staff twice weekly to facilitate the earlier identification of any staff that are positive but asymptomatic.

The Association of Friends is in regular contact with the Home and is continuing to provide help through funding additional therapy equipment and other items for the benefit of residents.

Its previously very active social programme has, of course, been severely constrained, but the Association hopes that by the Spring it might be able to consider some events for later in 2021.

There can never be too much support for the Association of Friends and all Masonic Units and individuals, who are not yet registered as supporters can learn more from the Associations website www.pmkcfriends.co.uk.

https://www.rmbi.org.uk/home/prince-michael-of-kent-court-watford/

Also read –

PMK – OK

Caring for the Carers at PMK Court

Supporting the Association of Friends of PMK Court

PMK Court “Friends” Orangery now open.

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