Care home in Northampton opens new social distancing room so residents can reunite with loved ones

  • Chris Easom
  • July 12, 2020

A care home in Northampton has created a special social distancing room to allow residents to reunite with their loved ones. Timken Grange Care Home has not been able to welcome visitors for more than 3 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, residents who have spent lockdown having to speak to loved ones via online technology have finally been able to reunite with family and friends. The room was officially opened this week, with tears of joy shed and special moments captured, as residents were delighted and overwhelmed to see their loved ones once again.

Plans confirmed for ending paid Covid-19 placements amid student anger

  • Chris Easom
  • July 10, 2020

Student nurses in England who took up the offer to join the frontline response to Covid-19 have finally been offered some clarity about their futures, after tensions on the matter started to reach boiling point. Almost 30,000 student nurses have been deployed into paid placements since April, giving up their right to supernumerary status in order to support the workforce during the coronavirus pandemic. While contracts varied between different trusts, most students would have signed up for 6 months. However, it has now been confirmed that paid placements will end for all 2nd year students and most 3rd year students on July 31st. Nevertheless, the information did not filter down to all students, with many giving up paid employment to take on a placement on the assumption that they would have a guaranteed income for 6 months. Student nurses have this week taken to social media to vent their anger. One wrote: “Some of us left jobs for this. Many of us have children and families to care for. All of us will come out with a debt succeeding £30,000 for doing a degree we have such passion for.”

‘Invisible’ unpaid carers going hungry in lockdown

  • Chris Easom
  • July 6, 2020

Christie Michael is so worried about protecting her elderly mother that she has not gone outside her front door since the lockdown began in March. She says it is “lonely and isolating” – but the mother and daughter in Essex have also found themselves hungry. Research from Sheffield and Birmingham universities suggests more than 100,000 unpaid carers in the UK have had to rely on food banks during the pandemic. Helen Walker of Carers UK says unpaid carers are at “breaking point”. The study looked at the experiences of people caring for parents and disabled relatives during the lockdown – and found 229,000 unpaid carers were in households where people had “gone hungry”.

Surge in Home Care enquiries

  • Chris Easom
  • July 3, 2020

An uptick in demand for care at home, a new wave of industry start-ups and an increase in funding are just some of the predictions home care providers are making for the future of the sector, post pandemic. Leaders in the sector believe the COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the vital role care staff play in safeguarding the wellbeing of elderly and vulnerable people living at home, and that this recognition could lead to positive outcomes. Providers have already seen a surge of enquires in recent months for home care, and live-in care in particular, and expect this trend to continue.

Sebbie pledges to help others with 100 acts of kindness

  • Chris Easom
  • June 28, 2020

Sebbie Hall (17) has a rare chromosome anomaly which has resulted in learning and physical difficulties. During lockdown, he has been supported with online Zoom meetings and other virtual feeds, which has helped him learn new skills and further develop his communication skills. As part of the support he receives, Sebbie was challenged by his online disability support group to do an act of kindness, which saw him do the washing up at home. He then decided to do 100 acts of kind in 10 days, with an aim of raising £2,000 to provide communication aids for his peers who have been living in isolation during lockdown. This included giving his pocket money to Lichfield Cathedral, lighting a candle for a poorly person, sweeping the garage floor, picking up litter and clapping a key worker in a car park.

PPE hospital ‘wedding’ for Basildon physio

  • Chris Easom
  • June 25, 2020

A hospital worker was “married” in a mock ceremony in the corridors, in full personal protective equipment (PPE), on what should have been her wedding day.
Nicky Price was due to get hitched with Will Bussell this month, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, the couple postponed it until October.
Instead, friends at Basildon Hospital in Essex arranged the surprise event with one colleague posing as the groom by wearing a photo on his face visor.
Ms Price said it was “amazing”.

Thirsk woman, 99, to stand 100 times for son’s hospice

  • Chris Easom
  • June 22, 2020

A woman who struggles to stand up will aim to do it 100 times before her 100th birthday in June to raise money for the hospice which cared for her dying son. Shortly after her 99th birthday, Joyce Richardson developed sepsis and had to be treated in hospital. Since then she has struggled with the use of her legs and cannot stand for any length of time. However, ahead of her milestone birthday next month, Joyce aims to stand 100 times for 10 seconds each time.

Briton stranded in Patagonia finally returns home via bus, taxi, plane and horseback

  • Chris Easom
  • June 16, 2020

A British traveller stranded abroad has finally returned home after a treacherous journey by bus, taxi, plane, and a horseback ride where she used the moonlight to find her way. Annabel Symes, 19, from Eastbourne, got back from Patagonia five weeks later than planned due to the coronavirus lockdown. She had been fulfilling the “dream of a lifetime” working as a volunteer hosting tourists at a remote horse ranch in the foothills of the Andes.

Art student creates nurse ‘hero’ portrait

  • Chris Easom
  • June 14, 2020

A fine art student has drawn a portrait of a nurse wearing PPE by using the word hero over and over. Jessica Wilcox-Drew, 18, of Bradley Stoke near Bristol, created the piece after being inspired by NHS key workers. The image took about 15 hours to complete. Ms Wilcox-Drew is going to have her picture made into postcards which will be sold for NHS Charities Together. After taking part in the clap for carers and seeing so much about the work of nurses during the coronavirus pandemic, she said she wanted to do a picture “thanking nurses and giving them recognition”.

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