It has been only two months since our Love & Peace Society had visited three local nursing/senior homes to distribute Valentine’s cheers. Back then, the world was still spinning, and things were exceptionally well.
Then BOOM! this virus thing happened, along with its social distancing order. And guess what? The emotional fallout from isolation is much more severe in those who have to make do with minimal social contact to begin with.
I mean, these folks rarely ever get to see anyone during ‘normal’ times, because we didn’t see a single visitor in any of the three homes with an average of 80 residents each. During the entire time of our “Norma’s Valentine Project”, which took place for two hours in the morning, and two in the afternoon.
So how long do you think a Valentine’s card lasts in terms of uplift?
Their reality is so much different from ours
The Love & Peace Society had made plans, along with Lantana Chapter Consul Norma Shearon and Wellington Chapter Consul Mary Marder, to visit senior homes on a regular basis in order to play board games, or simply just to socialize with the residents.
Sitting mostly in one little room, and often in a wheelchair, staring into empty space does nothing to stimulate the senses. Human interaction from others than just their caretakers is what these people REALLY need.
They may not even know why nobody comes to visit
Often, long term residents lose track of time, and they may not realize what is going on in the outside world. Or they forget. Every day.
Especially when NOBODY is there to listen. Don’t get me wrong, all three facilities had wonderful personnel. They are lovely, hard working people. But they simply lack the time to interact outside their regular tasks. Especially now.
And since we can’t physically go there, we can make notes like mad.
We can do it again!
It’s not too much to ask
I’m asking you to write a simple note, but make it pretty. You don’t need to write much, but please write in LARGE letters. No need for an envelope either. Many of these arthritic little fingers have a difficult time opening an envelope. Write something sweet, embellish it, draw a picture. Or make a little paper craft that they can hang onto. No matter what you do – cheer them up!
Can we count you in?
Make your notes generic, no address or salutation needed. Put a little sunshine into our seniors’ hearts. It’s all they have left.
Make your pledge NOW…!
Write some note cards, draw something on sheets of paper or create anything that you think would make an older, lonely person happy. No glitter, please.
Maybe you even have a bored youngster at home, who can help with that? Now wouldn’t that be nifty?
BINGO! It’s like killing two birds with one stone, pardon my analogy.
You can mail these to us, and we see that the homes get them for distribution, or you can get in touch with a facility close to where you live.
Remember, you earn 50 KR Points towards FREE goodies!
Just think you’re making something for a beloved family member, or a dear friend. That way your heart will know what to say, even if it lands with a perfect stranger!
Participate as often as you wish. We want you to play along for fun, and a little distraction. You get KR Points for it once a day, and every day with a different answer, if you post it in the comments.
Do it now and get 50 KR Points! (Love & Peace Society™ VIP Members and Love & Peace Executives™ President Members always get double: in this case, that’s 100 KR Points!)