2020 will most likely go down in the history books as the year that most of us would like to forget. The COVID-19 virus ravaged nearly every country around the world with devastating consequences both in terms of human lives and economic stability.
Nevertheless, it wasn’t all bad. And as we reflect on this year that is about to come to an end, we would like to remember some of the positive things that happened. Here are five good things that happened in 2020
People are stepping up to help each other.
Adversity creates challenges, but it also motivates people to step up and help each other. And in 2020, we certainly saw a lot of this. From companies halting their regular business production to make PPEs and hand sanitizers to increased volunteering (respecting the social distance) for local charities to neighbours running errands for those in isolation, 2020 has made many of us more sensitive to the needs of others.
We are making more time for the important things in life.
COVID-19 restrictions have forced many of us to slow down. But in slowing down, many of us have also found more time for the important things in life. Many of us started to take steps toward becoming healthier, took more time to read and learn, and reconnected with loved ones.
Working arrangements have become more flexible.
More of us are working from home, and employers have learned that this can be just as productive as having employees come into the office. This is especially beneficial for families whose children are at home and learning online and for family caretakers who need to regularly check in on elderly family members.
More people want their loved ones to grow old at home.
Some of the most devasting consequences of COVID-19 occurred in nursing homes. According to a survey taken in July by the National Institute of Ageing, about 60% of respondents said they had changed their opinion about having themselves or a loved one stay in a long-term care facility. 91% of respondents said they would live at home for as long as possible.
Home care is keeping people safe.
2020 saw many families opt for home care instead of long-term care facilities. There is clear evidence that those receiving home care are at a far lesser risk for COVID-19 than those in long-term care facilities.
So while we may be happy to say good-bye to 2020, it is still important to remember the good.
If you would like to learn more about home care options for yourself or a family member, contact VERA Home Care today!