Devon care home staff volunteer to live with residents full-time in lockdown to keep them safe

Ten members of staff at a Devon care home have stayed in full-time quarantine with their dementia patients since the government lockdown started a month ago.

The White House care home employees in Teignmouth have not returned to their own homes or seen their families since March 24 in order to take care of the 17 elderly residents.

And they have promised that they will stay there until the restrictions are lifted.

Staff are organising games and sing-alongs to keep residents happy. Credit: Devon Live

The group of carers volunteered to remain locked in 24/7 - even on their days off - because they felt that it was the best way to ensure residents' safety.

Some are mothers who have not been able to see their own children.

The sacrifice appears to have paid off with no cases of coronavirus so far.

Staff say they are missing their families and the lockdown is sometimes difficult. But they have formed a closer bond and noticed that the patients are calmer.

Demelza Lamport-Coles, manager at the White House Credit: Devon Live
Tracie- a senior members of staff. Credit: Devon Live
Sorelle Martin, Domestic and maintenance co-ordinator Credit: Devon Live
Katie, New care assistant Credit: Devon Live