Cards for Kindness
Loneliness is a growing problem among older people, and in care homes it can be a particularly difficult issue to resolve. Figures from Age UK show that 200,000 older people have not had a conversation with friends or family for a month, and 60% of people in care homes get no visitors at all.
Cards for Kindness is an initiative which aims to reduce loneliness in our care homes by encouraging members of the community to send a card to a local care home.
It's always lovely to receive a card through the post and this often sparks conversation and encourages residents to talk to each other. Research shows this has many health benefits, especially for people living with dementia. This is even more prominent amid the coronavirus pandemic as visiting is restricted.
How you can help
To send a card all you need to do is write one, attach a stamp and pick a local care home to send it to. Address the card to residents and staff and add a personal message inside.
To find a list of local care homes in your area and to download some Christmas cards which you can print at home, please log onto https://www.healthierlsc.co.uk/CardsForKindness
Support is available if you are struggling with your mental health
To support local people we have listed some of the mental health support resources available across Lancashire and South Cumbria. https://www.healthierlsc.co.uk/MentalHealthSupport
You will also find a link to an interactive map detailing even more support services dealing with issues including debt, addiction, homelessness, mental health and children and young people.