Imagine … your loved one has been admitted into a Care Home. You are lost and don’t know what to do, the only thing you can think of to do is to visit the Care Home all day, every day but due to social distancing you are not able to do this, you feel more isolated and lonelier than ever before. The Finding Me project aims to support those who have been left behind.
During the COVID-19 outbreak, there has been a significant increase in those people who are left at home on their own following a loved ones admission to a care home or a bereavement. They would already have felt isolated and alone but now they are unable to just step outside and chat to neighbours, they are unable to visit their loved one to pass the time, they are now fully isolated.
The Finding Me project offers a co-ordinated unique network of support by providing a friendly voice at the end of a telephone line, a longed for conversation, reminiscence or even just a moan about the weather.
The project can be adapted to provide just a regular check-in call or even a video chat. Utilising social media such as WhatsApp, Zoom or Facebook wherever possible to enhance the experience and ensure that people can hear a friendly voice or see a smiling face making them feel part of a community. With the hope that contacts will be shared and friendships developed Finding Me offers a lifeline, a chance to gain a new network of friends and open future opportunities to re-integrate into society.
This project will also signpost people to specific Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations and public sector agencies that can offer extended support.
Daughter of Service User
"First time I’ve seen my mum look interested in anything for ages"
If you or someone you know has had a loved one moved into a care home or you have lost someone through COVID-19?