This Too Shall Pass

What It’s Like Working at a Nursing Home in a Pandemic

5 min read | Oct 2021

A housekeeper shares the experience of providing care for elderly patients suffering from COVID-19.

Growing up, whenever something bad happened or I was going through hard times, my grandmother used to say, “This too shall pass.” Born in 1917, she lived through the Great Depression and World War II. She once described her life as hard but good, and Grandma always turned to that phrase for hope, often sharing it with others. Though Grandma has been gone for several years, her memory and wisdom are never far from my thoughts.

That was never more apparent than on November 30, 2020. My shift had ended, and I had clocked out. I was on my way out the back door of the nursing home, putting on my coat and grabbing my purse from my locker, when a coworker from the kitchen passed me by saying, “Hey, have you heard? Two of the residents have tested positive for COVID-19!” 

This blog, from global digital publication the Doe which shares anonymous narratives to promote civil discourse, can be read in full at…

The Doe Source: This Too Shall Pass: What It’s Like Working at a Nursing Home in a Pandemic – The Doe

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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