Changing with the world. Just like every one of you. The only thing that doesn't change is the confidence that every moment of life is valuable.
Hospices have now taken all measures to protect patients who are particularly vulnerable to the virus, and their loved ones.
We temporarily had to cancel the visits of the Foundation's volunteers in Moscow. This decision was made with difficulty, because now the coordinators - employees of the Vera Foundation-have an increased workload: attention to each patient, maintaining comfort and order — like at home; a tea corner, animals, plants. We all miss the volunteers very much already.
Patients often remember how great it was when there were a lot of people in the hospice. For example, our coordinator Nadezhda recorded a conversation with a patient:
Every day Lyudmila asks me the same question about volunteers:
- Where are our girls?
- At home. But they will come back. When the lockdown is over, they will return.
Then we remember how it was before.
- Remember when we made soap?
- I also liked playing Lotto…
Today Lyudmila looked sadly at the gray sky.
- I miss my daughter Lena so much. And let's call her from the pictures, like yesterday?
Called Lena. Lyudmila smiled and stroked the screen with her finger. After that, we also made a box, discussed colors and drawings... Like before, like there's no lockdown.
Most of the employees of the Vera Foundation worked remotely. This curious new experience gave us a chance to take a fresh look at the challenges — and at each other. We talked via video link and learned, who live in the house finches, dogs, butterflies and even crickets.
We started sharing life hacks with our supporters and benefactors about how to organize your life in isolation and not go crazy. Our coordinators and "masters of care" are real pros in this. They are the ones who figure out how to arrange a real Italian evening, even when there is no possibility to go somewhere, or have a picnic without going out. They know how to arrange the space in which you are located-so that it is convenient.
All this time, we did not lose heart and tried to support those who are nearby, and do everything possible to make hospices comfortable and good. With the help of volunteers and philanthropists, we purchased tablets so that patients could communicate with their loved ones via video link, held master classes and parties online, and also tried to fulfill the wishes of patients and celebrate holidays.
At Easter, volunteers baked 850 cakes for hospices – and did not break the rules – each cake was individually packaged. On 9th May we were able to congratulate each patient with flowers and pleasant details.
And for everyone who had to stay at home because of the lockdown we held recumbent concerts with the stars – it was very emotional.
At first, we were worried that we might be left without support at this difficult time, but we have only added more helpers – and now this is especially joyful and valuable. Thank you for staying with us and giving us "tomorrow" - no matter what. And we do not curtail programs and do not lose heart.
Our foundation has been spending the average of 93705$ to cover for the following needs of Moscow hospices: 01.04.20 through 31.06.20
Meals – $1291
Medical equipment and medical devices for patient care – $16356
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