Lockdown has made lunch clubs and home visiting impossible, so ElderLink staff and volunteers have been ringing their clients to make sure they are well, have a chat and find out how they can pray for them. At Easter, Manager, Rachel Khan, sent everyone a letter in the post too! She said:
‘Our clients are generally all right – they are being looked after, have people bringing the food and medicine they need. The main problem is that every day is the same. They’re not getting out and meeting people, having human company. A carer only goes in for a few minutes, and most don’t have computers or Facebook. Those who are especially lonely we call the most.
Yesterday (April 29th) I attended the funeral of a client, and when I got home I learned of four more deaths. Two of them were due to COVID-19, and the wife of one of these is in hospital with the virus. Another died in a care home. One client’s son died of COVID-19 in Leicester and she is unable to attend the funeral, which is very distressing.
Please pray for our clients – some are staying positive, some are lonely and worried. Pray that we would be faithful in sharing the good news of Jesus with them as we talk on the phone. And pray for ElderLink after lockdown. I am thinking about how we can make lunch clubs work. How will they have to change with social distancing? How will we transport clients there? And when will we be able to visit one-to-one again?’