Since the start of the pandemic many people have found themselves being carers for the first time; isolated with granny, uncle’s paid carers not able to visit or caring for Covid survivors in the family. Happily most people seem to have risen to the challenge, but it takes real skill to become a Careless Carer.
Some of you may have become carers without even realising it…
HOW TO RECOGNISE IF YOU ARE A CARER
You are a carer if you are busy gardening and a cup of coffee does not appear at the back door.
You are a carer if you yell DOORBELL! And nobody goes to answer the front door.
Ditto if you yell PHONE! And nobody goes to pick up the landline or the mobile phone left upstairs.
WHAT WILL A NORMAL DAY BE LIKE FOR A CARELESS CARER?
Take water, the wrong tablets and a cup of tea to the special person, who will remind you they always have coffee in the morning. Tell them you will be back in ten minutes to help them shower.
Now it’s time for you to have a quick cuppa ready for a busy day – take your time and check all the social media on your phone, share some Facebook Covid jokes, go in the garden and take a few pictures for Instagram, phone friend to tell them how busy you are… forget to turn shower on to warm up…
It’s important to answer the phone promptly, it could be a medical person to ask how things are and tell you no one can come to visit. Or it could be a friend and now is your chance to be properly careless, have a good chat, maybe they are lonely, fed up or hating working from home, discuss last night’s drama on television. Can you believe the time and you haven’t even got breakfast ready yet… then you remember you left your caree in the shower!
Ask the precious one what they would like for breakfast, even though it’s nearly lunchtime and forget what they said by the time you get in the kitchen.
Forgetting is a key attribute of the Careless Carer and the opportunities are infinite;
Forget to turn on the radio or television
Forget to turn off the radio or television
Forget to open/close curtains, windows, doors.
Forget to bring or put within reach glasses, newspaper, book, TV controls, mobile phone, ipad and the cup of coffee you forgot to make an hour ago.