How often news reports contain only doom and gloom but today I heard an item that made my heart sing and gives me hope.
The people responsible for doing home care service reviews in 5 District Health Boards around the country are going to return to that old fashioned concept of meeting people in their own homes to do these assessments.
For the last year assessments have been conducted via telephone. The move to this, at the time, appalled so many people yet despite valid protests and concerns the scheme went ahead. It was heart-wrenching to hear of elderly or disabled people losing their support systems after a telephone interview.
I love emails and the contacts that the internet brings to me but I also love and value getting together with people. We cannot do everything from a remote location and the care of people seems to me to be one area of life that requires trusting, face to face relationships.
Amen! I realize this is happening in New Zealand but hopefully the trend will cross the pond and happen in the states. Our senior citizens and the well being of our nation needs more face to face communication!
Meeting with people and speaking face to face is critical to all humans and their wellbeing. I hope we don’t lose this in the race to the virtual world. Balance in all things is a good thing.
It’s great to know that some DHB’s are returning to a more human and humane way of doing the assessments. Let’s hope it spreads.
Yes indeed Ruth. Thanks for commenting:-)