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Erica and Donald


Erica Reid in conversation with
Donald Macaskill

Donald is CEO of Scottish Care, a membership organisation and the representative body for independent care homes. Erica Reid has recently retired as a community nurse leader in the NHS.


Note 1: March-May

A month before lockdown Donald was preparing for significant change. The news coming out of Wuhan indicated a disproportionate impact on older people. There was an urgency to act when others were not. Was he over-reacting?

Families were told that they would not see their loved ones as Care Homes closed their doors in early March. A man of one hundred years wrote to Donald, pleading to be allowed to see his family. He no longer cared about the quantity of his days, and was prepared to die of Covid if he could only see his family.

Donald empathises deeply with care home residents and feels a aching sadness about their current situation.

Donald  looks forward to regaining the informality of gathering over a ‘strupag’, Gaelic for a cuppa, revealing his  West of Scotland roots. He misses the rhythm and predictabilty of an ordinary day, those days before Covid struck.

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