Photo credit: The Care Workers Charity
We’re supporting the care sector, from care workers, to young adult carers, to hospices and hospice at home services.
Millions of people with underlying health conditions in the UK have spent months shielding, not able to leave their homes. This has put huge strain on family members and young carers who have been providing 24/7 care for a loved one with complex health needs.
Care workers who have been putting themselves at risk to care for others are finding themselves in need of financial support as they are forced to self isolate.
Many vulnerable people rely on local charities for vital support and respite, however coronavirus has meant that lots of charities are currently unable to support families from their centres and hospices, and instead have adapted their services to provide home support for those who desperately need it.
Hospice charities have been playing a vital role on the frontline ensuring that people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, who might otherwise be in hospital, are kept safe and cared for. This in turn has helped to prevent hospital admissions to an already stretched NHS.
Hospices rely heavily on income generated from charity shops in their local communities. With shops closed due to coronavirus, they are seeing a big shortfall in the funds needed to keep their vital support services going.
We’re at risk of losing hospices at a time when they are needed most..
Global’s Make Some Noise is supporting charities like The Pepper Foundation, which is providing 24-hour on-call care and support through their Hospice at Home service.
The Pepper Foundation nurses support children with life-limiting conditions and provide end-of-life care for children in their homes.
Nurses are having to be extra vigilant as the children have weak immune systems and are more susceptible to illness, therefore they are only going into patients’ homes if absolutely necessary to administer medication.
This “safety net” of having a nurse who can visit if needed is incredibly important reassurance for families who know that they don’t have to face caring for their child alone when they are sick or dying. The charity has put in place extra ways to support children and their families including support over email, and through video and phone calls.