Most of us would really like to just forget 2020 ever happened. With the onset of COVID in March our world became a very different place to live. We saw the frustration and desperation of some and the unmitigated kindness and generosity of others. Throughout the past 9 months we at BDH have had to lock our doors but continued to serve all of our clients and their families. Throughout March to September the staff and volunteers prepared hot meals for the clients each week and volunteers delivered them throughout the area. We mastered the art of zoom and provided weekly education to our volunteers and counselling to our clients. Our many volunteers rose to the occasion and provided weekly calls to our clients to ensure their safety and to combat isolation.
As the weather improved, we provided PPE to our volunteer army and they commenced driveway visits in person with clients. We utilized our beautiful backyard to host a volunteer BBQ and socially distanced bonfire to ensure that we showed our appreciation to all our volunteers in these very challenging times. In October we welcomed back our Day Hospice clients in a distanced smaller format to ensure their safety and continued to support others in their homes.
We have learned to adapt our programming to continue to meet the needs of our clients. We have purchased a medical grade steamer to clean our loaned equipment and a fogger to eliminate germs in our indoor spaces for everyone’s safety. We are so blessed to have such wonderful volunteers to help us make all this a reality.
We know that our programming will look different even when things do return to the ‘new normal’ however this is a good thing. We can reach out to those that cannot leave their homes; we can recruit more volunteers for additional home visiting; and we can broaden our reach for education utilizing the new technologies. So, although this has been a very difficult year there have been many silver linings that have allowed us to rethink how we do things to better serve our clients and their families.
As 2020 draws to a close we would like to thank all of you that helped us during this past year. We look forward to working with you in 2021 and know that you are a valued member of our team and we could not do it without you!