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.

It's incredible what they have done. They decided it was too risky for them to be coming and going. It's a big sacrifice but they came forward themselves and offered to do this. It has paid off - they have not had coronavirus in the home.

Tushar Shah, spokesman for the Centrum Group which runs the home

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

It didn't feel like a sacrifice leaving family because it's for the greater good. We are a dementia specialist care home and if we were to have a case of Covid-19 it would make things a lot more difficult in terms of isolation.

Demelza Lamport-Coles, The White House manager
Tracie- a senior members of staff. Credit: Devon Live

All the staff were talking about it and we thought wouldn't it be a good idea if we locked ourselves in?

Tracie, one of the senior members of staff,
Sorelle Martin, Domestic and maintenance co-ordinator Credit: Devon Live

I think it's important because we can't isolate some of the residents because they wander and we can't guarantee that we can stop a resident from wandering into another room.

Sorelle Martin, Domestic and maintenance co-ordinator
Katie, New care assistant Credit: Devon Live

I was nervous about doing lockdown because I've only just started here - but it's making the residents safer.

Katie, New care assistant