The Little Sisters of the Poor is a Roman Catholic order of nuns founded in France in 1839. They now work in over 30 countries worldwide, with seven care homes in England, two in Scotland and three in the Republic of Ireland. The charity addresses the growing need for affordable care for older persons by providing a caring home with safe accommodation, respite provision, and palliative end of life care for vulnerable older people of modest means. Admission to their care homes is open to low-income elderly of at least 65 years of age, regardless of race, nationality or religion. The Little Sisters strive to challenge ageism and disadvantage to ensure the neediest are included in society and can lead fuller, more independent lives. Other notable impacts are achieved by building intergenerational partnerships with schools and other groups, supporting people to form friendships, and bringing communities together to create lasting change.
In these unprecedented times, crucial support from the Scheinberg Relief Fund has helped the Little Sisters to continue to meet the ever-evolving needs of their residents, Sisters, staff, volunteers and visitors across their 7 homes in England. Each home now has an 8-week stockpile of PPE (including specialist equipment required for barrier nursing), which safeguards the charity from late arrival of orders and potential price increases. Contactless hand gel and extra anti-bacterial soap dispensers have been installed at strategic points in the homes to minimise infection risks, and additional Oxygen Concentrators have been purchased, to provide relief whilst waiting for paramedics or hospital admission. To reduce loneliness and isolation amongst residents, new or enhanced staff facilitator positions have been created to lead a variety of resident activities and entertainment. In addition, every care home in England now has at least one Visitor Pod or segregated visitor room, to keep friends and families connected to the residents whilst minimising the risk of bringing Covid into the homes.
Thank you message:
We are most grateful for the generous support of the Scheinberg Foundation. Their grant award will help us to continue to care for the elderly during these difficult times, when extra costs are imposed upon us through the purchase of new medical equipment and PPE. We also consider activities an important part of the lives of our residents during these days of isolation, and your kind gesture will certainly allow us to ensure some worthwhile moments of occupation and entertainment for their wellbeing.