Loneliness is a common feeling among older people and even more so during the pandemic. Social distancing, shielding and lockdown became features of our current circumstances and have meant more intense feelings of isolation for many people.
Our team of Care at Home colleagues, who provide care to older people in our local communities, have tried to eliminate feelings of loneliness and encourage connection in so many innovative ways.
For example, a Care at Home worker treated a customer who celebrated her 100th birthday during lockdown to a stylish socially distanced champagne cream tea celebration.
Cake is a big feature of life at St Monica Trust! Wendy and Sue from our Care at Home teams baked some incredible cakes for our customers – in their own time.
Jade surprised a customer, who had been feeling low and missing their family during the pandemic, with some plants – the customer was delighted.
Pauline cooked a batch of three weeks’ worth of meals for one of her customers.
Stella shared that a customer has told her that “having care at home has been the best thing to happen to him and he is so thankful he can be at home with his wife where he belongs, with our support.”
In her break, Katie took some ice cream to a customer, which they enjoyed together in the garden. They’ve bought flowers, made pharmacy visits, food shopping, so many things.
These colleagues made such a difference to people’s lives – connecting in so many ways.