Now more than ever, we are reminded of the importance of staying connected with friends, family and colleagues.
CRASH Patron Taylor Wimpey teamed up with CRASH to coordinate donations of surplus IT equipment to help keep people receiving end of life care connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, Taylor Wimpey has donated 25 laptops to 7 hospices CRASH supports around the UK.
The laptops have enabled patients and their loved ones to stay in touch through internet and video calls, while visits to the hospices are not possible.
Ashgate Hospicecare, a hospice CRASH supported with their building project earlier this year, commented:
“Our Inpatient Sister Laura says the hardest thing that staff are facing at the moment is the need to limit the number of loved ones that our patients can have visit them at the Hospice during the Coronavirus crisis. Laura said that this is absolutely heart breaking to see, but by having the use of the laptops donated by Taylor Wimpey it means that our patients can stay in contact with their loved ones, and enable families to still make special memories to cherish.”
The equipment is also being utilised by some hospice staff to support patients in the community virtually and for remote working.
Fay Richardson, Director of Care at The Hospice of St Francis, said:
“For our patients video contact is essential right now. On our IPU where we are caring for people who also have COVID-19, it’s made an enormous difference. On face time visitors do not have to be in full protective equipment and they can spend as long as they want being able to see, sit in silence or talk to their loved ones.
For patients in the community we can offer confidential secure calls and our physios are running remote classes – the first class had eight participants, dialling in to see our physio to take them through their exercises. The purchase price of laptops has increased so much during the pandemic the donated laptops from CRASH are a lifeline. Thank you so much for your generosity and support.’
Speaking of the positive impact the use of a laptop has had on 97year old Doris, a Senior Sister at Wakefield Hospital, said:
“One of our patients at 97 has embraced the use of technology with great zeal and has regular chats with her cousins and her grandson in Abu Dhabi. Doris says that having this facility is fantastic and she enjoys her chats so much. It is a shame that other people are not so lucky, to have the care that the hospice provides and the chance to still be able to keep close contact to the ones we care about.”
Keech Hospice Care, a hospice supporting adults and children, explained how they have been adjusting to delivering training, care and support virtually:
”Thank you to Taylor Wimpey for providing two laptops to support the staff and patients at Keech Hospice Care. As patrons of CRASH, we are delighted they have chosen to support us in this way. At a time when more of our work needs to be completed using digital channels, the laptops are ensuring we stay connected and are able to continue to support our patients wherever and whenever our excellent care is needed across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes.
Over the past months, since the outbreak of Covid-19, as a charity, we have had to find new ways of working digitally; whether it be holding online patient consultations, training other health professionals in end of life care or running our weekly Tots n’ Toys group as a virtual music and play session. Technology like this is helping us continue making the difference when it matters the most.”
A huge thank you to Taylor Wimpey for helping the hospices CRASH supports during the coronavirus pandemic