From this week residents will have more freedom to visit family at home in the garden without having to self-isolate for 14 days when they return to the home. Visits to parks are also on the list of guidance that enable residents to get out and about without the self-isolation.
Some residents may not have been outside for over 12 months, so this will be a real boost to them and their families. Not all Care homes are following the new guidance, but many will want to give residents more access to the outdoors and what they are able to do to improve quality of life.
It’s hard to think that it’s a year to date that we went into our first lockdown. So much has happened to people on a personal level, whether they have lost a family member, lost their income or have faced battles against loneliness and isolation.
For me it has been a mixed year of stopping visits to clients and converting to doing shopping and telephone calls where I can. I have also had to find new ways to help people during the crisis and have done some personal assistant work until things return to normal – whatever normal is going to be.
The good thing is most of the elderly and vulnerable have now been vaccinated – me included as a carer. This gives us all a better level of protection from either getting the virus in the first place, or minimising the effect it may have on us if we do unfortunately pick it up.
Lets all look to the future with new hope that we can see friends and family again soon.
I can see people with essential needs now, or plan for visits in the future, if it is not possible at the moment.
With the vaccination programme in full swing for senior citizens there is light at the end of the tunnel for those who have been isolated from friends and family. We await Boris Johnson’s road map to coming out of lockdown, but we know this will be a slow process to ensure infection rates don’t rise again quickly.
Treasured Time can offer support at home to those who are vulnerable and in need of assistance to manage with shopping, household tasks or keeping on top of correspondence. If someone is coping with dementia at home and is in need of support I am able to assist. Full PPE guidance is followed as it is required.
In due course I will be able to continue my visits taking people out and about, but that is still on hold for the moment.
How many of us write down our life memories as we get older? Whether it’s for our own record, or to share with family or friends, it’s worth considering doing it while we have spare time on our hands.
I know my mother has recently started doing hers, and from the one or two stories she has shared with me to date, it makes me realise there is so much I don’t know about how her life unfolded in her eyes. Each persons journey through life is very different, and even if it provokes emotional memories, it is also nice to recall the times that shaped our lives.
During this coronavirus lockdown we may be able to do something worthwhile with our time.
We now have confirmation that families can meet between the 23rd and 27th of December over Christmas, which is good news to us all. There are a maximum of 3 households that can mix, but they must stay in that Christmas bubble. Families are not allowed to mix in pubs, hotels, retail or restaurants. Hugging is allowed if people feel safe in doing that.
Residents under 65 in care homes can mix with one family unit. This is an improvement in the approach to care home contact, but will be limiting as many residents will be over that age group.
With the new vaccines on the horizon, we can start to believe that life may at some point in 2021 return to a normal that we recognise. Only time will tell.