Local young students bring joy to Seniors

Home Instead Senior Care has joined forces with local boarding and day school, Mount Kelly, to help the elderly feel more connected and loved during lockdown and social isolation.

The letter writing campaign saw a number of Mount Kelly students make cards and write poems and letters to send to Home Instead’s clients who were isolating during the nationwide lockdown.

Seniors who received the letters were over the moon. The communication was greatly appreciated, as many had not left their homes or been able to talk or see family members and friends since March.

Joan, a Home Instead Tavistock client, received a letter from student Ruben: “It made my day. It was so nice to hear what young children have been doing during this lockdown and how it made them feel. It made me even more excited to see my grandchildren once this lockdown is over!”

Headteacher of Mount Kelly, Dom Floyd, commented: “It’s important during a time of social distancing and isolating to continue to communicate with the community and local seniors, as they may be at the highest risk of loneliness due to the restrictions in place. We thought it was a great activity for the children to partake in, to show them the importance of communication and the community during these unusual times.”

Lynn Roddy, owner of Home Instead Tavistock, commented: “It is so nice to be able to share our experiences with each other, especially in such a crazy time when it is so hard to feel connected to the community. Mount Kelly students have spread so much happiness through this letter and card writing initiative. Thank you to everyone who has got involved, including our brilliant caregivers, our clients and Mount Kelly.”