A nursing home in Winchester is offering free trials for relatives to help residents settle.

Brendoncare in Park Road is offering trials for a relative to move in alongside new residents, so they can help them to settle in to their new surroundings.

Staff at the home recognise that the decision to move an older relative or friend into a care home is one of the hardest decisions people have to make.

With this new trial, residents and their relative will each be given a room so they can isolate together for up to two weeks, to ensure safety for them and their fellow residents.

This will also provide the opportunity for them to get to know the staff and work together on their individual needs and preferences.

Erin Langley, Brendoncare Park Road home manager, said: "We know how hard it can be to be apart from a loved one at this time and we wanted to be able to help in any way possible.

"We are delighted to be able to offer free rooms for a relative or friend, so they can isolate together."