As the British public transition back to normality with the easing of lockdown restrictions, and pubs are packed with alfresco diners enjoying their first nights out in 4 months, it would be easy to forget that there are many people across the country unable to participate in this sense of relief.
Respite care providers Revitalise know that the pandemic has hit disabled people and their carers particularly hard, and many are forced to continue isolating, having struggled greatly during the lockdown. A survey from the Disability Benefits Consortium revealed that two-thirds have gone without food, heat and medication.
Revitalise have been taking calls from disabled people and carers in desperate situations, some talking of self-harm, an inability to cope, and even suicide. Many carers have been providing round the clock care, without any form of break, for almost a year.
In response, Revitalise would like the nation’s help in reaching disabled people and carers to let them know that the charity can offer specialised, round the clock care from their Sandpipers centre in Southport, Merseyside, for anyone who feels that they need a break.
Revitalise CEO Jan Tregelles said:
“Whilst the country is basking in freshly restored freedoms, please do spare a thought for those who are still forced to isolate for their safety. Many disabled people have had a disastrous time during the lockdown, with care support packages slashed. Britain’s army of unpaid carers, who devote their lives to caring for their loved ones, have had no access to a break and reduced access to their usual support networks. They still have a very long way to go before they have access to the same level of freedom that many of us have experienced this week.
“Please remember that Revitalise is here to give you a warm welcome at our centre, should you need a break or change of scenery.”
One recent Revitalise guest, Lani, stayed at Sandpipers during the lockdown and described her time at the centre.
“Thank you so much for saving me. At home, I was lonely, stressed and depressed. I thought Sandpipers would be just what I needed, and it was. The beautiful surroundings, late-night talks, laughing until I cried all just about made lockdown bearable.”
For 57 years, Revitalise has provided respite care breaks to a huge range of people. These are a vital lifeline to so many unpaid home carers and their disabled family members.
To enquire about respite care support at Revitalise Sandpipers, please visit revitalise.org.uk.
To show your support for Revitalise and help them provide subsidised care breaks during the pandemic, please visit: revitalise.org.uk/donate.