Developing compassionate streets and neighbourhoods during Covid 19 by Julian Abel
The challenge for health and social care services during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, in which physical distancing is a mainstay of the response, is how to maintain vital human social contact without increasing the risk of virus transmission.
Resilience of caring networks at end of life in particular can make the difference between a peaceful death at home and an emergency admission to hospital which ends in death. Carer exhaustion in end-of-life care is common in usual circumstances. Reducing hospital usage in these current circumstances is particularly important.
Providing both physical and emotional support is a demand of the heart, our own compassionate response in these times of hardship with the fears and concerns brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Particularly urgent is the need for support and social connection to those undergoing the experiences of death, dying, loss and caregiving.
‘Compassionate streets and neighbourhoods’ guides was developed by Dr Julian Abel, Cormac Russell and a global group of Compassionate Communities and palliative care practitioners from across the globe.