One the toughest challenges of the lockdown this past year has been having to spend most of our time indoors. Now as we emerge from the lockdown and beautiful yellow daffodils start to flourish, we have no doubt most of you are ready to get out there and enjoy the lovely sites around us!
Something About Mary
Mary is one of our clients we visit and she recently went on a most memorable walk with one of our Home Care Assistants, Karan.
Mary has lived in her lovely village for over five decades and is a great asset to her local community. Mary has had to isolate herself for a long time due to the ongoing pandemic and struggles to get about alone. On visiting Mary Karan felt like she wanted to go the Extra Mile for our lovely client and take her out for a refreshing walk.
Karan felt that not only was it a nice thing to do for someone, but also that it would also be beneficial to her to get out and explore as the restrictions start to get lifted and life gets back to normal.
Going The Extra Mile
To Karan it is important that she go the extra mile for such an amazing client as in her own words
“It’s so nice to be able to make our clients so happy, and to see them happy makes you love your job just that bit more”
The day started off with Karan arriving to meet Mary who is always excited to see our team and always greats them with a beaming smile on her face. When Karan first introduced herself both she and Mary quickly bonded. After caring for Mary for some time Karan mentioned to her about her joy waking which led to the conversation that they venture outside as the restrictions eased. This where they could share stories and for Karan to learn about the sites in an around where Mary lived.
The walk took a scenic route around the village. Mary and Karan started off at the churchyard which at this time of the year was covered in purple crocus flowers, snowdrops, and daffodils which Mary thought looked lovely. While walking around Mary showed Karan where she used to live when she first moved into the village.
Mary also told our carer the story of how she met her husband while working picking beet in the fields. The memories came flooding back for Mary. Karan has remarked how a smile never left her face when reflecting on the wonderful memories!
After taking in a few more sights around the village the wind picked up and the pair returned home. After such a lovely walk I think most people would agree that a cup of tea with some scones and sandwiches is just the right sort of thing to finish the day.
Mary would agree with us as she has a particular fondness for cream scones and tea. A fondness we all share here within our team.
Getting Out and About
While enjoying a cuppa, Mary shared some old family photos with Karan of her and her children. Talking throughout the rest of the afternoon, laughing, and smiling as she shared her memories.
A lovely afternoon was topped off by Mary’s son arriving as Karan was about to leave. To whom Mary mentioned about the walk and expressed a keen desire to do it again soon.
’I’d like to do that again I really would
We feel that it is vitally important for our clients to experience regular physical and mental stimulation. Apart from improving our clients’ confidence to emerge from this lockdown their numerous other health benefits to be enjoyed.
It is easy to think Karan made Mary’s day as Karan went the extra mile to see our client happy. However, we at the Great Care Company like to think it’s the other way round. It’s Mary who makes our days. It’s her smile that keeps driving us to provide the best care for our clients.