A MacIntyre staff team in Worcestershire have been praised for their commitment and creativity during the pandemic, which has had a positive impact on Jo, who we support.
For Jo, 2020 was meant to be a year of celebration. With a milestone birthday on the horizon and a much anticipated holiday planned, the year was set to be a good year.
When restrictions were introduced in March 2020, like many of the people we support, Jo's busy schedule suddenly came to a halt. Activities she enjoyed, such as attending a day centre and socialising with friends were no longer an option. Staff supporting Jo feared the impact staying at home and listening to the news would have on her confidence.
Quick to act, our team in Worcestershire began to replicate the activities Jo loved at her day centre, creating a busy schedule for her at home to shift her focus. Activities included, but were not limited to, gardening, seated exercises and baking.
The team also helped Jo to reduce her anxiety by supporting her to take part in sensory activities, known as snoezelen sessions.
Referring to the support Jo has received over the past year, her mum said:
"We want to say how amazing the staff have been during this year-long period of the pandemic. Jo has been entertained and occupied throughout and remained settled and calm despite not going to all her much-loved activities."
"We thank the staff and give them our sincere commendation. Thank you, MacIntyre, for your support through this difficult time."