CARE-WATCH Aug 1, 2020

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New Feature: News from the front lines in Seniors’ LTC, Inspired by Carol Wodak founding member of CITIZEN WATCH

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The ones they couldn’t save

It’s the early hours of the morning and Michelle Heavens moves quickly along one of the care home’s dark corridors.

She’s the senior carer on duty overnight and needs to check on 84-year-old Joan Day. Michelle pauses to put on a mask, goggles, apron and gloves before going into Joan’s room.

Joan has coronavirus and is going downhill fast.

“I loved her from the day she came in,” says Michelle. 

Joan had been physically fit, but dementia had made her life increasingly difficult. She’d moved into the specialist home at Blackley in Manchester last year and settled in quickly.

“She was always singing Joan. Absolutely brilliant lady. She’d ask us if we needed help, rather than us give her any support.”

Michelle checks Joan’s oxygen levels. They’re dropping rapidly. She’s having difficulty getting her breath so Michelle and two other carers reposition her to try to make her more comfortable. The nurse also gives her painkilling drugs.

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