Youngsters to raise spirits of Leicester care home residents in lockdown

Youngsters to raise spirits of Leicester care home residents in lockdown

Graysford Hall, a care home in Stoneygate, Leicester, will be keeping residents busy during the coronavirus lockdown, with one particular initiative that hopes to bring new, intergenerational community connections.

Due to coronavirus infection prevention measures, visits to Graysford Hall, operated by Sanders Senior Living, are currently postponed. However, the professional care and wellbeing team have constructed an exciting plan, supported by a local nursery, whereby residents receive letters and pictures from the early years children.

Graysford Hall’s wellbeing lead, Jayne Hill, thought up the plan to approach a local early years group to help reduce loneliness and isolation at this time. Local Love 2 Learn Nursery was keen to support the initiative from the get-go.

Hill explains: “Being accustomed to receiving post when living in their own properties, paper communication is a familiar form that residents no longer really have dealings with, but the potential scheme will reignite that and will be a great means to make new friends. It will help in efforts to bridge the generation gap too.”

When the coronavirus threat has passed, the home is hopeful that the nursery children and teachers will be able to meet the residents face-to-face and continue their newfound friendships in person.

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