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PPM send cards of kindness to help tackle loneliness

Our lovely local Lake District landmarks are helping to tackle loneliness in care homes this summer.

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 organised by Lancashire & South Cumbria Health & Care Partnership, which aims to reduce loneliness in 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.

As soon as we heard about the appeal, our PPM Penrith Depot were eager to get involved.  The team all sent a postcard from their favourite Lake District destination with a thoughtful, personal message inside to some of our local care homes that we work with.  We hope that the cards brighten someone’s day.

The Cards for Kindness project was originally set up by Lancashire County Council in summer 2018 and has since grown and developed across the partnership with more local organisations lending their support and more than 100 care homes now participating.  For more information please visit www.healthierlsc.co.uk 

 

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