Victoria Leighton, who manages Donwell House care home, made the difficult decision to move her children out of their home and not see them in order to better protect elderly residents in her care.
Victoria made the decision to send her two daughters, Olivia, 11 and Iris, three, to live with their grandparents during the pandemic to ensure vulnerable care home residents were as safe as possible from coronavirus infection.
Donwell House provides care to over 100 vulnerable elderly people and has had no confirmed cases of coronavirus.
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Victoria said: “I’m a single mum, I’ve always had my children with me and have never been apart, so this is probably the most difficult and saddest situation I’ve ever been in.
“I know what I am doing is the best thing I can do and hopefully I can continue to deliver the best care for my residents while keeping everyone safe.”
Howard Emanuel, Regional Director for Bondcare, which operates Donwell House, has praised the efforts of staff during this extremely difficult time.
He said: “We are proud of the angels who work tirelessly in care providing the warmth and family for some of the most vulnerable - stepping into the front line particularly at this time.”