There’s another ray of sunshine to come out the misery of the current coronavirus pandemic as one care home has launched an adorable ‘Adopt a Grandparent’ scheme to help with self-isolation. As countries like Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom enforce strict rules to keep us in our homes, there are worries that governments aren’t doing enough to protect their elderly.
It’s much easier for young people to head off to their parent’s house and hunker down during self-isolation, but with those over the age of 60 being in the high-risk category, most are being forced to isolate on their own. You only have to look at heartbreaking scenes on Mother’s Day to see how the elderly are becoming even more alone in this time of need.
Thankfully, as we come together more than ever and show a proper sense of community, CHD Living is promoting the scheme by asking anyone and everyone to ‘Adopt a Grandparent’. The idea has actually been running since last year as a way to alleviate isolation among the elderly, but in light of COVID-19, it’s now being done virtually.
Unlike paying £1 a month to adopt a tiger or something like that, CHD Living is asking for virtual volunteers to keep the elderly company via Facebook Portal TV. Although it’s not quite the same as actual face-to-face interaction, it will undoubtedly take some of the strain off the health service and brighten an older person’s day.
Shaleeza Hasham, Head of Hospitality, Communications & Commissioning at CHD Living, said: “The nature of care means that we’re looking after some of the most vulnerable members of society at the moment.
“It’s a worrying time and we’re taking the threat of coronavirus incredibly seriously, putting stringent processes and protocols in place to protect our residents as much as possible.
“We are however keen to keep spirits in the homes high and so have been thinking of ways that we can continue to enrich the lives of our residents whilst providing them with stimulation and companionship.
“It made sense at this time to digitise the Adopt a Grandparent campaign and to recruit further volunteers who might like to help keep our residents company over the coming weeks. It will be a wonderful distraction for everyone involved”.
The campaign originally started when CHD Living paired residents with local children and adults from across its 13 Surrey and South London-based care homes. The idea was to bridge the gap between the elderly and children or adults who don’t have any grandparents left or don’t get to see them anymore. Given the fact people are either at home or working from home, there’s been a massive boom in the number of applicants who want to be virtual volunteers.
As well as keeping someone company through modern methods, volunteers are also encouraged to send pictures and letters — which they’ll also receive in return. Up there with penguins making the most of a closed Chicago aquarium, seeing the smiling faces of adopted grandparents has got to be one of the fuzziest coronavirus stories we’ve found yet. You can sign up for CHD Living’s Adopt a Grandparent scheme here.
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