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Restart of Face to Face Befriending Visits from 1st August 2020

The Scottish Government has confirmed that individuals can stop shielding from 1st August. This is because the rate of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland is currently very low. Hopefully, this will remain the case and further lockdowns will not occur for us, but we will need to be mindful of possible local changes in this relaxation.

So, from the 1st of August Kincardine and Deeside befrienders and befriendees will be able to meet up again face to face, following social distancing guidelines and hand hygiene, cough etiquette guidelines which are highlighted below.

We recognise that the transition from lockdown will be very different for each match and face to face visits should only start again where both befriendee and befriender are comfortable to do so. Some matches may choose to only meet outside in the garden for now, and some may choose to continue with telephone calls meantime rather than inside visits and that is fine. Please contact your coordinator to discuss any concerns you may have.

Older people are at more risk of harm from the virus should they encounter it. So general advice on how to stay safe should be followed diligently.

  • If any befriendee or befriender has coronavirus symptoms (new continuous cough, fever, or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste (anosmia) they should not physically meet up.
  • If either befriendee or befriender has been advised to self-isolate they should not meet up.

To stay safe, you should still follow the advice given to the rest of the public in Scotland. This is to:

  • keep 2 metres (3 steps) away from people you do not live with. This means that travel together in a car for befriender and befriendee is not yet possible
  • regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. You should wash your hands before your visit and again afterwards. Where this is not possible please use hand sanitiser
  • avoid touching surfaces that others have touched
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, throw the tissue in a bin and wash your hands

Further advice on how to keep each other safe and implement safe social distancing during visits can be accessed at NHS Inform

As people become older many can, unfortunately, experience isolation and loneliness perhaps as a result of bereavement, retirement, loss of mobility, illness or because families are busy or move away from the local area.  This in turn can lead to loss of confidence, depression and general poor health which ultimately may contribute to older people leaving their home and moving into residential accommodation.

K & D Befriending is a local registered charity which aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness in older people throughout the Kincardine and Deeside area by matching them on a one to one basis with a volunteer befriender.  A regular visit from a befriender can provide companionship, practical and emotional support, and generally improve physical and mental wellbeing; in many cases, a carer also benefits from the welcome respite provided.

'Having a befriender has been very good for me. Louise is someone I can talk to outside the family. I look forward to her visits. She understands me and we have a chat and lots of laughs together. She brightens my day! Thank you K & D Befriending' (Befriendee)

'I enjoy being able to share in the life of another person in a way that is enriching to us both. My visits have brought some male company into the life of my befriendee ... and give some relief to the primary carer too' (Befriender)

'This is an excellent service which gives carers peace of mind knowing that there is someone visiting, and showing an interest in, their loved one.' (Carer of a befriendee)

'My client really enjoys the company of her befriender and I am sure the support has helped her to remain safely in her own home ... the visits and companionship have been invaluable' (Referrer)

The following newsletters are a great way to keep up to date with developments at K & D Befriending .... please contact us if you would like further details.

 

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