Veronica Anderson and Nora Murphy, two family carers from Galway, share their experiences of caring full-time for a loved one during COVID-19. Filmed in May and June the video illustrates the challenges they faced, the supports they received and outlines what helped them to keep going and stay positive. In organising the video, Community Healthcare West set out to acknowledge the incredible work and commitment of family carers.
Expressing her gratitude to Veronica and Nora, Breda Crehan Roche, Chief Officer, CHW noted: “We wanted to let everyone see what it is that family carers do and the impact their work has on individuals, families and communities. We wanted to say thank you to family carers right across the country. Covid 19 brought new challenges for everyone, but we wanted to show how these family carers met those challenges with care, dedication and commitment. There is no doubt that without them our acute and community services would be adversely affected.
“We were privileged to have been able to film in their homes – all achieved within agreed public health guidelines and protocols. We are grateful to them for sharing this snapshot of their daily lives. We know that it is the expressed wish of most people to remain and be cared for in their own homes and community. To that end we in Community Healthcare West acknowledge the significance of supporting family carers in undertaking these very particular and important roles. We also hope that other family carers watching the video, may feel a sense of recognition for the very important role that they play in supporting people to be cared for at home and may also be encouraged by Veronica and Nora’s positive messages of unity and support for one another.”