Michael’s story – life during COVID-19
"We should all come together and help each other as one and also think about people in your community with disabilities"
“This is a distressing time for everyone, though take a minute to think about people the needs of those who need additional support, like people with disabilities and long term health conditions, also their support workers.
The messages that are being put out there need to be considered for how they would be perceived by people with a disability. I would imagine people are feeling very confused, overwhelmed and panicking. We need to work together to take a steps to control the outbreak and prepare best ways to get though at this critical point.
When news that COVID-19 had reached Scotland, a number of different disability organisations published information in easy read and designed them to be accessible to all. It should be that public and statutory bodies are mindful of clarity when producing information about the impact of coronavirus.
Talk about self-isolation can be difficult to put into practice for people with disability and long term conditions, as they would often need support from another person to do everyday tasks.
I have been talking to some carers and they are as also worried as when they go shopping to get everyday items they are sold out, and they need to safeguard from those around them in the street or the supermarket.
It is difficult to get accurate figures about adult carers as there is a high level of under reporting, people often they don’t think themselves as a carer, and many of those often will not ask for help.
I know it is a stressful time for everyone. I would just like to say to all carers and the people who work with the NHS, well done, keep well and safe. We should all come together and help each other as one and also think about people in your community with disabilities and long term conditions, to check up on them. Maybe just a phone call, to ask “How are you and do you need anything?” We should think about the support we can give to family, friends or a neighbour.
We need all to work together to take steps to control the outbreak and prepare to get through this critical time as one.”
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