Children bring joy to aged care residents
CLERMONT children have put their imagination and creativity to work in a bid to bring smiles to aged care residents in isolation.
Since coronavirus hit Australia, the Federal Government has enforced restricted visitation at aged care facilities and encouraged people aged 70 and over to self-isolate due to being high-risk.
Although they couldn’t visit, Tish Williams recently helped her children Emersyn, 6, and Knox, 3, decorate cushions as a surprise for their nanna.
“We hung them on her fence and then we made some more for others isolating in the community,” she said.
After receiving the thoughtful surprise, Nanna suggested to send some drawings to aged care residents at Clermont’s Montcler, who were unable to see their families.
Mrs Williams took the idea to her workplace, Clermont Kindergarten Day Care Centre, and after some cheers and excitement, the children got to work.
“Each child sat down and individually drew a picture, wrote their name and a little about the drawing,” she said.
“The residents don’t get to see their family so we thought it might cheer them up.”
When they were finished, the children posted their artwork to the aged care residents, hoping it would make them laugh and bring a smile to their faces.
Mrs Williams said the three to five-year-olds had visited the aged care facility before Christmas, and formed some “beautiful friendships”.
“Our kids loved visiting last year,” she said.
“They put on a little dance, took playdough, books and they all found a friend and read stories.
“It was really special; it was like they had adopted them as their own grandparents.”
Clermont’s Jules Schumacher also saw the same idea happening across the country and decided to try get the rest of the community involved.
“You might have seen on the news some residential nursing homes are receiving letters and pictures from the children in their community,” she posted to Clermont Community Group Facebook page.
“It is a beautiful idea and we are very welcoming to the opportunity to receive correspondence in any way, shape or form that I can share on your behalf with the residents, and also display them on a wall.”
Mrs Williams encourages people across the region to get their children involved and reach out to the elderly in communities.
“A lot of people are at home with their children and a lot of children are looking for something to do,” she said.
“It doesn’t take much to create a little something special and drop it off.
“I hope more people get involved with something like this.”