Caring for our Elderly Community #WATWB

We Are the World BlogFest (#WATWB) celebrates special people and small stories of inspiration and hope in the world. Let’s face it, we need some inspiration and hope during this time of pandemic and social distancing. One news story that struck a chord with me this week was about carers in a nursing home in the North of England. I heard the story on the BBC radio 5 Live breakfast show earlier this week. A 94-year-old resident in the care home had been sleeping with a photo of his late wife because he missed her so much. His carer, a seventeen-year-old woman, decided to intervene because she was worried that he might hurt himself on the photo frame if it broke during the night. She had a copy of the photo printed onto a cushion and presented it to her patient. Click here for the interview. It brought tears to my eyes just listening to the man’s response, and afterwards his interview with the radio presenters. He was devoted to his wife, and he spoke about feeling regret and seeking her forgiveness for not being an attentive husband when they were younger. They were married for over 70 years, and theirs is a beautiful story of a simple, average couple that shared their lives together.

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This story reminded me of my Nan and Grandad. My Grandad died at home in the arms of his wife just last month, surrounded by family just before lockdown was announced. My Nan must feel incredibly lonely at home now, but she is at least in a comfortable, familiar place and she has their two dogs for company. She was devoted to my Grandad in much the same way, and she raised four children while he worked on ships in the Royal Navy. He eventually retired from the Navy so that he could be at home with his wife and children because he knew that my Nan needed him to be around. It has been so easy for us as a society to forget about our elderly relatives in the collective sense. But when we investigate smaller family dynamics, we find a much more loving and caring picture. Last year a friend of mine travelled to Scotland and spent three weeks sitting with his elderly aunt in hospital before she died. He didn’t want her to be alone when all their remaining family are overseas. I have other friends who care for elderly relatives, whether that be regular visits to care homes, or visiting them in their homes. We do care, and we show it in little actions every single day.

Caring for our Elderly Community #WATWB

We are the World BlogFest (#WATWB) focuses on positive stories no matter where they’re found. It is all about spreading peace and humanity on social media. All participants post on the last Friday of the month, sharing a positive news story that contributes to making our world a happier, safer, and better place to live.

This month’s co-hosts are as follows:

Eric Lahti,
Susan Scott,
Inderpreet Kaur Uppal
Damyanti Biswas,
Dan Antion,

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9 Responses to Caring for our Elderly Community #WATWB

  1. Susan Scott says:

    So many condolences Catherine on the death of your Grandad … very sad. What an extraordinary way to die in your grandmother’s arms. May he rest in peace and she continue to live her life in peace with her animals and familiar surroundings.

    The elderly must be especially worried and many times feel so alone. The story of the young carer having a print of the photograph sewn onto a cushion is sooooo heartwarming. Thank you for a great #WATWB post!

    • Thank you, Susan. I now have only my Nan left from my grandparents, aside from a few distant great aunts and uncles that I either have never met or haven’t seen since childhood. I’m glad you enjoyed my blog post 🙂

  2. Damyanti Biswas says:

    Sorry to hear about your loss. Take care Catherine.

  3. dgkaye says:

    So sorry for your loss Catherine. A wonderful tribute to senior care 🙂

    • Thank you. I don’t think it has properly sunk in yet, being swallowed up in pandemic drama as it was. He was a loving, proud Grandad, and all the grandchildren will miss him as the months wear on.

  4. says:

    I saw that video being shared on social media and it brought tears to my eyes. I don’t get to see my grandparents a lot as they live so far away so anything to do with the elderly gets me. I’m sorry to hear about your Grandad but I’m glad your Nan is doing okay and has the dogs as company during lockdown.

  5. Kalpana says:

    I love that the care worker had the photo printed on a cushion for the man. It’s so sad that he is alone but so brave of him to be comforted by a photo and a cushion. Lovely heartwarming story.

  6. indywrites says:

    That is a sweet story of love. The pillow was a wonderful and thoughtful gesture. Thank you for sharing this WATWB story. Stay Safe.

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