Words of caregivers: “The old people can no longer read the expressions on our faces”

“How long will our residents endure this contactless life?” When you’re old, isolated and sometimes suffering from a loss of bearings, seeing a face, reading an expression, touching a hand, hanging up on something. Now they can hardly guess our smiles and cannot hear us well, because of the masks. Residents sometimes feel lost in the face of unfamiliar faces. So we try to smile with our eyes.

Physical distancing also disrupts human relationships. Before, I liked to put my hand on the shoulders of residents, to greet them, reassure them, appease them, show them that I was there. Today, I no longer linger when I wash them, touch them a minimum. It is frustrating to have to restrict yourself and some find it difficult to understand it. To choose from, there are those who would rather die of the virus than of loneliness.

In Search of Lost Time

The impact of the first wave on the morale of their loved ones also marked many families. Some want to make up for lost time and come several times a week. Until now, visits were limited to 40 minutes, so families had to be told they had to make room. Fortunately, for Christmas, visiting conditions have been extended and some residents will also be able to go to their relatives. It will be more work for us when we get back, but the residents are happy!

Seeing them, I think of my own family. This year I will be working for Christmas. I will join my daughter and my grandson in Nice in January. I have now decided to put all my bonuses aside, to go see them more often. The Covid is not going to keep us apart forever. “


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