Our home has seen a flurry of mail with deliveries of joyful postcards, thanks to a partnership with local church members. Portland paired with local Buxton Parish Churches earlier this year in order to enable residents to make new connections with local people through receiving postcards.
Since August, church members have been mailing in personalised hand-written postcards and letters to Portland, telling residents about themselves and their lives in order to make new friendships.
Emilie Shrimpton, activities coordinator, made initial enquiries with the local parish office to see if they would be interested in partnering with the care home in a postcard writing scheme.
Speaking of the postcard writing scheme, Emilie said; “I thought this would be a lovely idea for our residents so they feel connected to even more people in their local community. It’s been so special seeing the reaction of the residents over the last few weeks when they read their postcards from people in Buxton. They are extremely excited to have new pen friends!”
Resident, Ruth, has taken a real liking to receiving the postcards, and is now planning to write a postcard back to a local church community member, Audrey.
Reverend Liz England, team rector-in-charge of Buxton with Burbage and King Sterndale, said: “We were invited by Portland Nursing Home to send letters to their residents from our Church members. We sent a message to our six congregations in Buxton Team Parish to ask for letters to be written and sent to those in the Nursing Home. Many have loved writing creative letters, even if it was to people they did not know. It is a wonderful idea and we were delighted to be able to join in with it.”
Social connection for elderly people is critical, playing an essential role in their mental, emotional and physical health. Allowing elderly people to develop strong social networks with the local community provides a sense of comfort, togetherness and is also a healthy hobby that allows a better quality of life and superior overall health and wellness.
Portland Care Home is pleased to be welcoming new residents. We have specific procedures in place to continue to support families who are looking for care for a loved one, while minimising the risk of the pandemic for residents and staff.
Our specialist home has a team of dedicated care staff who provide around the clock nursing care for residents. For more information on Portland Nursing Home, or to take a look around the home, please call 01298 23040 or visit https://www.