Heart Care and Healthy Living received £3,000 from the Coronavirus Resilience Fund; this grant has enabled them to continue to support their members remotely following the closure of their two centres.
Heart Care has been working hard during the lockdown to support vulnerable patients suffering from heart and lung diseases by providing over the phone support and information on social media and their website.
Many patients are elderly and alone and the lockdown has affected their physical and mental health. However, the team have been able to provide support, health advice and signpost to any other services that might be of help to them.
One of their beneficiaries is Betty. She’s 84 and has been taking part in their home exercise programme.
Having recently come out of hospital with heart problems she had no further follow up appointments pencilled in, feeling abandoned fortunately one of Heart Care’s nurses made contact. Since then the team has scheduled regular calls with Betty saying:
“The calls and chats have been a great help. It felt like a lifeline!”
Once Heart Care can re-open, Betty is really keen to come in and meet those who have helped her over the last few months.
To apply for the Coronavirus Resilience Fund please click here.