“They Are Friends in Need. Friends, Indeed.”- Bob Skinner’s Diary Entry Pays Tribute to the Hard Work and Dedication of Care Workers
Bob Skinner is a 93-year-old resident at Sunrise of Cardiff care home. He is a former journalist and writes a daily diary.
On the 30th March 2020, Bob wrote a diary entry about the team at Sunrise of Cardiff and he wanted to share it. It read:
No sad sorrowful statistics today. No comment on the good, the bad and the ugly in his upside-down world of 2020. Just some thoughts on the women and men who are looking after the ‘vulnerable’- the carers.
The applause that echoed through the land was a uniquely expressed tribute to the scores of thousands in our health services. They all deserve every clap in that simple, spontaneous act of recognition and gratitude. The carers deserve the same.
In our own homes and nursing and residential homes, they are a lifeline. They offer comfort and reassurance. They love their work and it shows.
I am probably one of the luckiest, most privileged of the vulnerable. At 93, I still have an interesting, comfortable life, thanks to carers. A relief to my family.
Rosemary, my wife and I had lived happily for more than twenty years in our seaside flat in Penarth and were carrying on, sustained by the help of our carers. It was just an hour, three times a day, but it made all the difference. We could stay in our home, safe and comfortable.
That changed after two years, with the death of Rosemary and our daughter Beverley. Rosemary, who had been losing her sight for some years, fell in our bathroom, dying in hospital 10 days later. Beverley, in her mid-sixties, who had bravely struggled to recover after being in hospital, paralysed for months, died of a heart attack in her home. After sixty-six years of marriage, I was alone, facing a new uncertain life.
Instead, I am one of the luckiest, most privileged of the vulnerable, living in a new home, Sunrise of Cardiff. I have new carers who have transformed my life and health. They too have families and the worries of the lockdown. Yet to all of us, from the oldest at 103 to the youngest in their 80s, they have to show their dedications 24 hours a day, smiling and efficient.
They give us our medication, chat to us, keep us safe and entertain us. They are friends in need. Friends, indeed.