Post by Serena Blanchflower Post by Sally Thompson
I know some of you have regular carers/cleaners etc, and I'm wondering what
you're all doing about them. We have a weekly cleaner. She only does
downstairs and we need her but she also desperately needs the income.
I had planned to tell her to come in, wash her hands before she touches
anything such as a door handle (she brings her own vacuum etc), and that we
would both make ourselves scarce upstairs for the duration. Do you all
think this is okay, acceptable and safe?
I discussed this, and similar questions, with my cleaner, when she was
here yesterday. The one major addition to your list which came out of
that is that J is also abstaining from stroking cats (a great sadness,
both to her and to the cats). I'm assured her own cats are getting
plenty of extra cuddles to make up for this!
While she was here, most of the time we were in separate rooms (which is
as normal) but, when we did need to be in the same room, we were doing
the Covid Dance, where if one of us stepped forward to get something,
the other would step back, out of the way.
After all my good intentions, I rang her yesterday (before the major Boris
announcement) and she said she'd been at her mother's all day. Sharp intake
of breath from me, and I said she really shouldn't be doing that, and she
said, well it was Mother's Day. I did say that people had been specifically
asked not to visit their mothers, and asked her what her other clients were
doing; she seemed puzzled that she should in any way change her behaviour.
After the announcement I rang her again and said that in light of that she
obviously couldn't come. She really doesn't seem to grasp what's going on
(she has no TV, no mobile phone, no internet) and said this morning that
her mum's paper had said that if you could work from home you should, but
otherwise you could go to work. I said well, not exactly, but she seems
determined to carry on as she is. She said, oh well, so and so needs me. I
said, I need you but I'm not allowed to have you. Sadly her behaviour makes
it less likely that she can come at the moment but I don't think she
Sally in Shropshire, UK