There’s no denying that the current social distancing regime is bringing feelings of isolation and loneliness to the fore – feelings that are amplified for aged-care residents with relatives and friends currently unable to visit.
To alleviate some of those feelings Anglican Care has put a call out for our youngest citizens to make meaningful connections with elderly aged-care residents with its Connecting Generations program.
Anglican Care is calling on children to write letters, cards or colouring and pictures to residents living in the not-for-profit’s 11 aged-care facilities in the Hunter, Mid Coast and Central Coast regions.
“People still need to make meaningful connections with one another but fulfilling that need may look a little different for a while. National restrictions on visitors to Anglican Care means our residents won’t be able to see anyone under 16 and for many of them this loss will be upsetting.” Anglican Care marketing manager Kylie Jacques said.
“This is is just a small way to get children involved in helping people feel better in their community. And who knows? It may also help some of the parents out there undertaking homeschooling duties.”
Arcadia Vale Primary School has already jumped on board the project, with 11 students sending letters via their teacher to several aged care homes including Jesmond Grove, Scenic Lodge, Toronto Nursing Home, Carey Bay Gardens, Kilpatrick Court, Greenmount Gardens and MacIntosh Nursing Home.
Local kids Dee, 12 and Olive, 8, decided to jump on board after realising they were missing their own friends after being homeschooled for the past week.
“This is is just a small way to get children involved in helping people feel better in their community. And who knows? It may also help some of the parents out there undertaking homeschooling duties.”Kylie Jacques – Anglican Care
“We thought that the Anglican care residents might be feeling the same way. So, we talked with mum and decided to write letters to stay connected and we are super excited to hear their reply and to make some new friends,” the sisters said.
Dee and Olive’s mum Laurie, who has for many years, been the official Anglican Care photographer was full of praise for the initiative.
“I have spent so much time with the Anglican Care family, and I know it would be an extremely difficult time especially for the more ‘social’ residents,” she said.
“When the girls asked if they could send letters to help them feel more connected, I jumped at it.”
Getting involved couldn’t be easier. Just head here and click the Connecting Generations link. Then fill in your details (all details remain confidential) select the facility you wish to send your letter, artwork or card and then upload it to the site as a jpeg, jpg, pdf or docx file.