I was reading part of an article in a daily newspaper online this morning (couldn't see it all as it's not one I subscribe to), but I read enough for an interesting point to catch my eye.
The writer was an active carer for his mum and the point has come, at this stage in the pandemic when he is due to return to working from his office instead of at home.
He's quite distraught about this as he says he's given her much better care (understandably) by being at home with her and she's come to enjoy his company daily and the days will feel long and lonely to her again. Added to that there are all the other considerations like safety.
One of the very few positives to come out of this horrible time is that many more people have been able to give better care and spend more quality time with their loved ones.
I can see a case for people who are in the position of this man, who has been successfully working from home for quite some time now, to be allowed to continue to do so. And wouldn't it be of huge help to many people to be able to? It's not a luxury which can be afforded to every worker, of course, but if it's possible and there are no productivity issues, why on earth not? I think he ought to be able to put forward a case for providing effective care for his mum by remaining at home while continuing to do his job. We're struggling to come up with ideas for making Care more do-able for busy people on a shoe-string budget, so why not start with this?
What do you all think?