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Legrand launches solidarity initiatives to support care and nursing across the globe

The Legrand Group has launched a series of measures aimed at protecting both its employees and its customers globally as well as releasing a solidarity fund dedicated to care and nursing for the elderly.

 

The Legrand Group has made a commitment to supporting vulnerable and elderly people during the Covid-19 pandemic and recently announced the creation of a solidarity fund dedicated to care and nursing for the elderly. The fund is intended to provide support to staff in specialised facilities such as care and nursing homes.

The fund will offer its support to the largest possible number of institutions and care staff, Legrand will work with its Foundation, created in 2014 with the purpose, in particular, of acting against the exclusion of vulnerable persons and those experiencing loss of autonomy. Staff in such care facilities, who are under considerable pressure in the context of the COVID-19 crisis, will be helped, for example, to finance hotel accommodation close to their place of work so as to avoid long-distance commuting, thereby protecting both their own families and nursing home residents.

This way, Legrand wishes to act tangibly to improve the living conditions and comfort of healthcare staff in nursing homes for elderly people who are in the frontline day after day fighting the pandemic. The fund is open to contributions from both businesses and individuals wishing to join this solidarity initiative.

Benoît Coquart, Legrand Chief Executive Officer, stated: “Faced with this unprecedented health crisis, many solidarity gestures have been deployed by our employees all over the world in aid of the most fragile and the most exposed. The setting-up of this solidarity fund is a perfect example, which aims to support nursing home staff who more than ever need our solidarity. I would like to warmly thank all of our employees for the commitment and solidarity they have shown ever since the crisis began.”

Legrand has already deployed various solidarity initiatives in support of hospital staff and caregivers across the world, including the following:

  • In Spain, the assisted living team retained essential manufacturing capabilities in order to ensure that independent living solutions were able to be deployed across Spain and to the wider European market.
  • In the United States, a cable management solution was developed within 4 days to supply power to 2000 beds in field hospitals in the state of New York. In the state of Indiana, a production line for display screens has been converted to the manufacture of cloth masks.
  • In France, the logistics platform at Verneuil-en-Halatte mobilised its resources to enable delivery within 24 hours of components to a customer producing medical respirators.
  • In India, a university hospital in Kolkata, was converted into a specialised centre dedicated to the treatment of Coronavirus patients and was equipped with the Group’s UPS (uninterruptible power supplies) to ensure continuity of energy distribution.
  • In Italy, emergency solutions (especially bedhead units, nurse call devices and VDI cabling systems) were provided for temporary hospitals set up in Milan and Bergamo.
  • In the Netherlands, a videoconferencing system was donated to a retirement home in Eindhoven, to facilitate maintaining links between residents and their relatives.
  • In the United Kingdom, the Aid Call Touchsafe Pro emergency nurse call system was installed into several Nightingale field hospitals and various hospitals where areas had been re-purposed for new wards. The Tynetec Reach IP and Touch 2 pendants were also deployed as a plug and play option to support hospital discharge. For alarm receiving centres operating an Answerlink system, customers have been offered a remote working module which enables calls to be handled from anywhere in addition to an automated reassurance and reminders module which frees up valuable resources and saves time for call handlers ensuring focus can be maintained on the wellbeing of the most vulnerable in our society.

The organisation hope that these projects and initiatives will be amplified further in the weeks and months ahead.

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