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Inverness based social care provider creates its own personal protective equipment to protect clients and staff during coronavirus crisis

By Gregor White

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Fraser Elite staff wearing some of the protective equipment handmade especially for them.
Fraser Elite staff wearing some of the protective equipment handmade especially for them.

The team at care provider Fraser Elite say they are happy to go the extra mile to help protect elderly and vulnerable clients.

The company is receiving an unprecedented level of calls from families in need of extra help during the coronavirus lockdown.

Owner of Fraser Elite, Julie Fraser, said: "Our clients are all very dependent on us for their care.

"We do everything from assistance with personal are and medication, checking in on them throughout the day – and everything in between.

"We bring in shopping and help to prepare meals, plus lots of things that a more vulnerable person would really struggle to do without assistance."

Unable to secure much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE), with the help of husband Ron, Julie took matters into her own hands, creating a range of handmade face masks, visors and even full-length gowns.

"It started when Ron wanted to make a few masks so that each of our care workers would have an adequate level of protection," Julie said.

"Now each of our team members has four masks they can cycle throughout the day.

"We have also managed to source high volumes of hand sanitiser.

"For some of our clients we might be the only other people they see each day.

"We're the only social contact.

"That is why we have to keep going, doing what we do, even with all that's been going on."

The team say they are ramping up production of the protective gear and including extra features to further improve safety.

"We've sourced special anti-viral fabric which our new face masks are made out of, and our new gowns are being soaked in a special virus-inhibiting solution," Julie said.

"I would really like to thank all of our amazing staff for their support and continuing to do everything they can for our clients.

"Care isn't just a job for us, it's a vocation."

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