COVID-19 lessons from the UK

With all the sad news circulating at the moment, we thought it would be a good time to share some better news about one organisation’s success in combating COVID-19.

We’ve all seen and been concerned about reports from other countries and other parts of Australia about the impact of COVID-19 on the elderly. In particular, the impact has been devastating in some residential care facilities. So it was great to read a report from the ABC, about a facility in the UK, run by the Diagrama Foundation, which has managed to successfully protect its residents from the virus.

The management at Diagrama acted fast and decisively to protect their residents, and that action has paid off. In the same way, the team at ECHO have tried to take decisive action and, so far, this has also been successful in protecting our clients.

Fast, decisive action by some residential facilities has helped protect vulnerable clients from COVID-19. ECHO relies on clients and families to do the same in their own homes.

The big difference between residential care and home care is the vital role of the clients and their families in keeping everyone safe. ECHO doesn’t have the power to lock down each client’s home, and we can’t control every person who comes in or out of each client’s home.

So, please, if you have elderly family members, the best way to keep them safe is to keep your distance. We know it might seem strange to not give your mum or dad a hug, but it just might save their lives.

You can read the full article on the ABC website, by clicking here.

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