Action for Family Carers provide day care for older people in Maldon, which also provides a few hours break for family Carers. In response to the Covid-19 lockdown, the organisation provided personal activity session and walks in their local community to ensure their clients remained active.
When the initial lockdown was introduced the day care centres had to close and many clients became inactive, not leaving their houses resulting in many individuals becoming unmotivated and socially isolated.
During a time when socially distancing was the rules, the work of the Action for Family Carers sometimes became difficult. If an individual was slightly unsteady, or forgot the rules, it was problematic to maintain social distancing and ensure help was still given. On days when the walk was not possible due to the weather, day care assistants made sure they called each client to provide the well needed social contact.
The project was able to help 21 individuals across the district helping them improve their mobility, as otherwise would have become less active and, in some cases, more immobile.