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First Minister Arlene Foster MLA has today visited Radius Housing’s Gnangara Care Scheme in Enniskillen to meet front line care workers who have cared for residents at the home during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ms Foster met with staff including Radius Housing’s Care & Support Manager, Hilary Irwin, and the manager of Gnangara, Margaret Irwin, who detailed how the staff have worked to deliver the highest level of support and care for the residents in recent weeks and months.

Gnangara Care Home provides 24 hour care for 30 residents, and is one of 9 care homes managed by Radius. The housing association also provides 14,000 day care placements right across Northern Ireland. Among the range of measures introduced by Radius during the Covid-19 pandemic are the provision of PPE for all staff as well as availing of testing for all residents and staff through the Western Health and Social Care Trust. The care Schemes have also worked to make sure residents can continue to communicate with families via phone and video, given that visits are not currently permitted.

Speaking at Gnangara Care Home, First Minister Arlene Foster said “Today I have seen first hand the steps that have been taken by the staff at Radius Housing in Gnangara for the health and wellbeing of residents, and how they have continued to provide first class care for all who live here. I know I speak for everyone, but especially the wider families of those living here, when I express my deep and heartfelt gratitude to all those working on the frontline at Gnangara.”

Hilary Irwin, Radius Housing Care Manager, added “Our staff have an immense bond with the residents who live here, they are their Gnangara family and all of us have gone the extra mile to support everyone living here during this difficult time when families cannot visit."