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Words that make me go hmmm: Those

Those who are most vulnerableThose most at risk Those with underlying health conditionsThose over 70 Those in care homes Those who test positive Those hospitalised Those who have sadly died Those. I’ve written already about the ‘them and us’ narrative of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the dangerous consequences of the ‘vulnerable’ label, but there’s one … Continue reading Words that make me go hmmm: Those

The virus and ‘the vulnerable’: have labels cost lives?

Aside from the devastating impact that the Coronavirus pandemic continues to have on lives and livelihoods, it’s also had a significant impact on our vocabulary. New terms like COVID-19, self-isolate and social distancing have been added to the dictionary [1], others have taken on new meaning (lockdown, shielding, zoom..), and yet more have seen a … Continue reading The virus and ‘the vulnerable’: have labels cost lives?

Them, us and COVID-19

Coronavirus. COVID-19. Virus. Pandemic. Lockdown. Isolation. Distancing. Shielding. PPE. Keyworker. Zoom. Unprecedented. Our vocabulary has evolved over the last few months. Words have taken on a different meaning. Terms we’d rarely used before now dominate the headlines, crowd our screens, and pepper our conversations. We’re experiencing a rapidly evolving, global event which has changed all … Continue reading Them, us and COVID-19

And equally for healthcare 💟

Last Friday morning I tweeted a list of ten things I think we need to do – and stop doing - to let love in to social care: a mini synopsis of the blog I’d just published. Gathering of Kindness Scotland retweeted my tweet, with the comment “And equally for healthcare 💟” https://twitter.com/Kind_Scotland/status/1230780689257312262?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Ironically I … Continue reading And equally for healthcare 💟

Joining the dots… letting love (back) in to social care

“We need to reclaim the concept of love, not as an abstract, all embracing, fantasy but as a set of ethics, principles, values and behaviours. A love that is justice in action…”Bell Hooks [1] As I suggested in my previous blog, we’ve spent so long focusing on the shadows of social care that we seem … Continue reading Joining the dots… letting love (back) in to social care