“The virus won’t be the killer, it’s the distress and fear of not seeing family that is doing it,” Care home worker.
“There MUST be a way for churches to help care homes,” Gemma Gillard, Founder of Truth Be Told.
Official figures suggest that care home residents could account for as many as 11,600 coronavirus deaths. While lockdown eases for many of us, the ‘protective ring’ around care homes means that increased protection comes with greater isolation.
We certainly need to protect those who are most vulnerable to coronavirus, but separation from loved ones is causing additional stress, anxiety and confusion.
For many, there is no end in sight.
The pressure is also taking its toll on care home workers. Many feel they have been forgotten as they work on minimum wages while juggling family responsibilities and dealing with additional grief.
What, if anything, can the church do to support their local care homes?
Join our Cinnamon Connect Webinar where we’ll explore what practical steps churches can take to safely support care home residents and staff as extended lockdown continues.
On Thursday 11 June at 11 am Nick Amis, from Cinnamon Network will be talking to Tina English, founder of Care Home Friends and Gemma Gillard, founder of Truth Be Told.
Nick, Tina and Gemma will be discussing:
- What it’s really like inside care homes right now
- Why we need to support the elderly within our communities
- How communities can be mobilised to support others
- What churches can do right now to support care home residents