Christmas is all about spending time with friends and family. But there are some people out there, our service users included, that do not have many, if any, friends or family nearby. Due to the pandemic, there are many who will not be spending time with them as planned during the festivities.
We understand from Age UK that more than 360,000 older people have not had a conversation with friends or family for more than a week. We’re asking anyone who knows of an elderly or vulnerable person near to them, to pay them some extra special attention during the festivities. But please do so in a safe and socially distanced way this year.
It could be a small gesture of popping onto their doorstep in to say ‘hello’. Perhaps leave them them a box full of food, treats or winter essentials. We ask that everyone abides by social distancing and restrictions while spreading their festive cheer. If you know of anyone who might be alone then why not give them a telephone call or have a catch-up via FaceTime?
Our carers become a much-needed friendly face to our service users around Christmas. Many still visit them over the festive period, including on Christmas Day. We see them as extended family to the service users we care for in the community.
We wish you an Aba-Christmas – which we say is a caring Christmas. We wish to deliver care to those we look after over Christmas the way we would like to be cared for at Christmas.