A Thank You To Frontline Workers

COVID-19 has changed the face of the world as we know it and how we connect within it. We are practicing social distancing, our daily routines have been disrupted, appointments are cancelled, we are only able to shop for essentials and lining up at grocery stores to do it. These issues – which we are all experiencing to some degree – are compounded for those on the dementia journey. Individuals living with or caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias at home or in long-term care may feel isolated and frustrated that they can’t go out or visit their family members. These are strange and challenging times indeed, and our team at the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia remain committed to supporting our clients.

Through all the challenges, though, one thing is for sure: all of us are grateful to frontline staff working to deliver home care services, working in long term care facilities and hospitals, and supporting people living with dementia and their caregivers. To our incredible frontline workers, we know you face added challenges every day due to COVID-19 and we are indebted to your courage and dedication.

We know that in Nova Scotia, great efforts are being made to keep people safe and healthy. This crisis is highlighting many system changes that need to be made to improve the care and safety of our seniors. In the midst of this pandemic, however, we feel it is important to acknowledge and applaud all the hard work of individual staff throughout the province who are ensuring people with dementia are receiving nutritious meals, help with bathing and getting dressed, keeping rooms clean and virus free, providing engaging activities, and most of all providing warm and friendly medical care.

Our connections matter more than ever in these difficult times. On behalf of all of us at the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, we thank you for staying connected to those who need it most. We appreciate everything that you are doing. We’d also like to thank your family and friends who are supporting you as you work on the frontlines. Please stay safe.

- ASNS Staff

Last Updated: 05/13/2020