One year of Lockdown – a letter of thanks to all staff
March 23, 2021
Today is the first anniversary of the first lockdown and what a year it has been!
While this has affected us all personally – loss or illness of loved ones, loss of our freedoms, and loss of so many of our normal activities – 1st Homecare has continued pretty much as normal during the period and has provided our much needed service to all those whose needs are greater than our own.
Thank you to every one of you for helping us to make over 122,000 visits in the period without one call cancelled because of the sickness of our carers. We have always managed to find a replacement carer for all staff absences during this time.
In terms of illness we believe 11 members of staff have had the virus (possibly more because there wasn’t widespread testing early on) and 36 staff have taken time off to isolate for between 10 and 14 days.
We have had only a handful of confirmed cases of Covid amongst our clients and most of these became infected during a hospital visit.
It seems that the worst is behind us although there are still many challenges ahead in terms of vaccinations and whether the Government intends to make them compulsory amongst care staff. At a general level the country badly needs to get back to normal and many of us need our freedoms back (if only to visit the vulnerable in their homes or in their care homes).
I’m confident we will get there and as Captain Sir Tom said; ‘tomorrow will be a better day’. See you all tomorrow when we have that better day!
Thank you once again – you can all be very proud of yourselves for having stepped out to help others when so many others have been confined at home.
John and Annabella