The forgotten army have been through so much
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As we hopefully, start getting back to some kind of normality due to the pandemic and the NHS comes under less and less pressure, we must never forget the kind of sacrifices our nursing staff have had to make to keep us all safe.
To say it’s an heroic effort doesn’t seem enough and without getting into a political row, they should be well rewarded as promised, but what about the forgotten army?
And by this I mean the army of carers, both paid and unpaid, that have gone through so much this past 16 months or so.
Those carers who work in care homes or visit people at home, who put their lives at risk every time they step through the door of someone’s house or a care home.
We must never forget all that they have done because over and beyond just doesn’t cut it!
Some of these guys even isolated themselves within the care home itself for weeks on end so to keep people safe and every day they had to put up with the death all around them that was happening because of Covid.
They missed their families and friends just to keep people alive while every day putting themselves at risk from this horrid virus.
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Then, there are the armies of unpaid carers, you know, those who didn’t ask to become carers but had it forced upon them through their loved ones illness and through no fault of their own.
These guys aren’t trained, they don't have qualifications in nursing or medicine or dispensary but what they do have is guts!
They have a love that knows no bounds for their loved ones, they give up almost everything they have ever known just to make sure their husbands, wives, mothers and fathers have the best quality of life that they can and remember they don’t get paid for this.
They can’t clock off, or ask someone to take over. They just have to put up with it.
In most cases, this is also for 24 hours a day. Yes, day and night, at the beck and call of someone who is not capable of looking after themselves and crying out for help. Could you imagine doing that?
I am so very proud to say in Torbay we have some wonderful organisations regarding carers and I have personally worked with most of them during my time as founder of the Purple Angel Dementia Campaign and also very proud to call some of them my friends.
I once created a campaign with the help of the board of Torbay Hospital Trust called 'Building Bridges' where we brought nurses and carers together to swap ideas, to work with each other and to help make sure that they found ways of improving practices and dispelling the myth that one is better than the other when they are both as equally important as each other.
Maybe , when this is all over and things start to settle down, it's time to start building those bridges again and to begin to bring people together once again for a common goal which is to improve things all round in Torbay.
I am sure there are so many like-minded people out there who would like to do the same as now we really do have the chance for a brand new start and because we do, why not make the most of it?
One thing this pandemic has shown us is how, when times are dire, we all pull together for the benefit of others - long may it continue.