I apologize for not being here for a while, but our family have had a crisis.
My parents are both still alive at 93 and 87 years, which is amazing, but a huge concern through this Covid crisis because, like many of you, I am unable to visit them over 300 miles away. I did drive down on my own when the infection rates were lower in August, and I’m so glad that I did, but I have not been back since although I phone them everyday.
Both parents have dementia, but were trying to live in a warden assisted flat. (their wish) The warden was working from home in the early part of the year though. Carers were coming in daily.
The short answer is that they were both admitted to hospital, neither with Covid but Mum was very poorly and weak. They each were then sent to a care home for respite and as a family we are now so thankful that they are being well cared for and the worry of providing for themselves is over.
I am thankful to the lovely staff at Bedford Hospital
I am thankful to the social worker who helped in the decision which enabled them to be admitted to the same care home.
I am thankful for the wonderful staff at the care home, who have been so supportive through this difficult time and were as relieved as we were when the decision was made for my parents to stay at the care home on a more permanent basis.
Throughout this pandemic I have been praying for my parents to be kept safe, and for God to prepare a special place for them both in this, the next stage in their lives.
So my final thanks is to God for answering my prayers.
Now I pray that it will not be in too distant future that we all see them both again and that they are still alive and remember us. I would be grateful, if you would think of my parents too, just for a moment, and all elderly folks like them who have suffered from loneliness and undiagnosed illness throughout this terrible time.
Keep safe all of you. There is a glimmer of light …..
With this in mind I apologize that I will not be contributing to this blog again until the new year. Have an enjoyable festive season, whatever you decide to do but keep you and yours well.