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.
With the new restrictions of families not being able to mix in South Yorkshire from this Wednesday, I have reviewed all my client needs and circumstances and have taken appropriate steps. I will either continue to visits clients if providing assistance to someone, or reverted to previous times in the earlier lockdown, when I did a shop and drop, and then telephoned for chat afterwards. One or two people I can meet and walk with if the weather is good enough.
I am sure people are feeling frustrated and a bit anxious at this time, but we just need to take one day at a time and work with whatever restrictions are set out. Brighter days will eventually come!
Today I watched the BBC news report highlighting how relatives have been kept apart from their loved ones for months now.
One man interviewed had been married 61 years, but has not seen his wife in the same room for over 6 months. This distress and pain at not seeing his wife was clear to see.
I have felt strongly for some time that this must be causing both parties a lot of anxiety and depression, which has to be wrong – now it is being described as inhumane. It is even harder for those suffering with dementia, who need that extra care and support from their families to cope. Many relatives will feel they have abandoned their loved one.
If staff can go home, go out and about shopping etc, surely families need to be given the same privileges. As it is a matter of testing for Covid-19, which is done on a regular basis for the care home staff, it now needs to be made available to relatives on a regular basis too.
There is a petition out at the moment to sign to give relatives some priority of being tested so I urge people to look at it and sign it – see link below it only takes a minute.