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Court House is an independent retirement home established in 1986 by Brian and Pearl Dando and managed by the same family ever since. The current Manager and the person in day to day control of the home's operations is their son Mr Christopher Dando ('Leadership in Management Award' in Health and Social Care).

 He is supported by the Home Manager Julie White (day to day running of the home and overseeing the staff team), the Deputy Manager Donna Marke (deals with the residents clinical issues, Contact with GP's, medical appointments, medication ,care planning) and the Care Manager Tina Brook (oversees the senior team and day to day care issues ). All of whom have many years experience within the care sector.

We have a staff of 23, including 16 senior care staff and careers, with a minimum of 2 care staff on site at all times and two waking staff every night, a dedicated full time kitchen team including two cooks, and maintenance and admin staff. All care staff will have NVQ qualifications or will partake in a 12 week skills for care induction programme.

The first wave of the pandemic was starting to unfold in April 2020 and show its awfulness to the world and owner/manager Christopher Dando wanted to find a way to protect the 23 residents and keep them safe.

There was little PPE available, the team were making homemade visors from laminated sheets and knicker elastic and there was no way of testing residents or staff, they were all so vulnerable. Chris stopped any non essential visitors coming into Court House in early March, a couple of weeks before the government's guidance to do such.

With the situation escalating daily, all of the decisions were made on instinct with the wellbeing and survival of the residents at the forefront of every decision. Christopher figured the best way to keep his residents safe was to try to get together a team of staff and lock themselves into the care home for 2 weeks until the wave passed. He managed to get a team of 12 people who agreed to do this.

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