Miracle Covid couple

When reading this good news you should hum or sing Frank Sinatra’s L-O-V-E, we’ve started you off…

L is for the way you look at me…

O is for the only one I see…

V is very, very extraordinary…

E is even more than anyone that you adore can.

Edinburgh-based Eidyn Care told the story of a ‘miracle COVID couple’ in its Care Heroes nomination. During the height of the pandemic, Client A returned home to be reunited with his wife following a prolonged stay in hospital after suffering serious burns. Client A had contracted COVID-19, but both he and his wife have dementia and the thought of the him returning to hospital to potentially die alone is not something Eidyn wanted to advocate. Following discussions with the family, it was decided to keep the couple at home together. As the days passed, Client A suffered badly with COVID-19 and passed it onto his wife. Eidyn Care began to prepare for the worst and worked with district nurses to make the couple as comfortable as possible. Client A deteriorated to such a degree that he needed equipment to be able to care for him in bed. The couple had been married for over 50 years and would fall asleep holding hands every night.

It was deemed cruel to split them up into separate rooms, so it was decided to install two hospital beds so they could sleep together. The team also worked with district nurses to establish a skin routine that would minimise the risk of Client A’s skin breaking down, including his pre-existing leg burns. To minimise the anxiety for both clients and their family, a dedicated WhatsApp group was set up for the caregivers that allowed effective communication about the clients’ condition and how the team was responding to this. Adequate PPE was also sourced and no cross-contamination took place. After nearly a month, Client A began to feel better, followed a few days later by his wife. The couple slowly built up their strength and in May the team managed to take a picture of them both sitting up in a chair, eating and smiling with their carers.

Submitted by Andrew Mclennan