A Kent-based domiciliary care company is offering a free collection and drop-off service for the elderly and vulnerable to help get to their vaccination appointments.
Vitality Home Health, a GP-led home care company serving patients across North and West Kent from its offices in Gravesend and Otford, near Sevenoaks, is making its two wheelchair access vehicles and four 4×4 cars available to transport local residents free of charge. The company has put strict Covid prevention measures in place for each patient journey.
Manpreet Singh, Managing Director of Vitality Home Health, said: “Getting to and from vaccination centres safely can be a challenge for many elderly people, especially those who may not have left their homes for months, who may be feeling anxious and now have reduced mobility.
“Many people don’t live close to their families and there’s been a degree of confusion over whether their relatives or friends can take them for their jabs.”
All of Vitality Home Health’s carers and drivers have been tested and received the first dose of the vaccination. Throughout the pandemic, the company has not had a single positive case of Covid among its workforce, so people can be reassured that it has all the right procedures in place to make it as safe as possible to transport local residents.
Each journey is limited to either an individual or two people who people who live together and who may be being treated at the same time. All the patients are given hand sanitiser, a fresh mask and have their temperature taken by the drivers who are all infection control trained, as well as first aid and manual handling qualified carers.
The Vitality Home Health uniformed drivers have all had their first vaccination and are tested weekly. They wear full PPE including a mask or visor to collect the patient and return them home after their vaccination. On arrival, the driver escorts them into the vaccination centre and takes them to the reception.
Before collecting the next patient the driver undertakes a 20-minute air out clean and a further 10-minute full wipe down of the vehicle.
Debbie Moulton, Operations Director at Vitality Home Health, added: “We wanted to do whatever we could to help local residents especially during the current bad weather. The response has been amazing and we have even had GP surgeries contacting us for help and we’ve been very happy to do so.
“It’s great that vaccination centres have been set-up across Kent, and thanks to our free service we will take a little pressure off the GPs and nurses by avoiding home visits and reduce the anxiety of patients and their families during these very difficult times.”
Vitality Home Health’s 80-strong team of health experts and carers offers homecare services for patients with dementia, learning and physical disabilities, as well as day care visits. The company also offers live-in and respite care, plus hospital to home and end of life care support.
For further information on the company visit www.vitalityhomehealth.co.uk or call Gravesend 01474 240909 or Sevenoaks 01732 755582 to arrange a pick-up.
For further information contact:
- Andrew Metcalf, Maxim
- Tel: 07990 7574680
- Email: Andrew@Maxim-pr.co.uk
Please note: Vitality Home Health Limited is in no way affiliated with VitalityLife Limited or VitalityHealth Limited, and it does not have the necessary permissions to sell VitalityLife or VitalityHealth products.