The coronavirus pandemic has changed life for everyone. Its effects are felt in every home by everyone without exception, but disabled and vulnerable people are among the hardest hit, often with higher risk of life-threatening complications. Livability is on the frontline, providing care, nursing, education and support for those who need it most during this crisis – but we can’t do it without your help.
Coronavirus presents a huge risk to the lives of our residents who have complex health needs due to a range of medical conditions, mental health needs and frailty. We’re working hard to ensure everyone we support stays healthy and well – both physically, mentally and spiritually - during these unprecedented times.
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John: Adjusting to an unknown 'new normal'
In recent weeks, the nation has been forced into isolation. For disabled and vulnerable people, isolation is a barrier that Livability has worked hard to break down. We enable the people we support to live the life they want to lead. In the current ‘new normal’, isolation is saving lives – but for the disabled people we care for, it can be devastating.
John used to live with his mother in Newcastle, but sadly she passed away and the day centre he attended had to close. Then John found Livability’s services. Now we enable John to stay in his family home, living independently, with Livability staff sleeping over each night for support.
John has Down’s Syndrome and dysphagia, which means his food must be prepared in a specific way to minimise the risk of choking.
Before the pandemic, with Livability’s support, John’s weekly routine included regular visits to his friendly local pub, library, supermarkets, music groups and a game of pool at the nearby MetroCentre. He was barely at home and loves to be out and about.
The recent situation has brought significant change for John to manage. He has had to adjust to a new routine, and, with the support of Livability’s keyworker, Gillian, he is coping well. Gillian is enabling John and herself to stay safe and well during this crisis time.
To help John adapt well to the ‘new normal’, John’s key worker has arranged activities including:
Livability’s support means John is coping well with major disruption to his life, which would usually make him very anxious. He’s now counting down the days until the pub opens again