Hartford Care’s Friendship and Kindness Month
During this pandemic, we are very aware of how lonely or isolated many people are feeling.
However, we work very hard to ensure none of our residents feel alone, especially with the current restrictions on visits by their loved ones to our care homes. Most of them are keeping in touch with their families and loved ones through online video calls, telephone calls, emails, and letters.
Friendship and Kindness has been the theme during February in our 16 care homes, a time to celebrate friendship and love, centred on Valentine’s Day of course!
Our homes challenge this month has been to create beautiful hearts to decorate or adorn our 16 homes. The winner of this challenge was Woodlands House in the New Forest where the knit and natter group knitted beautiful hearts to decorate a blanket made for the residents.
As a result of the challenge, the walls of Malden House in Sidmouth, Devon, are now decorated with photographic collages of their residents, staff and families. At Hartford Court in Portsmouth, a wonderful heart corner now graces the care home to which staff and residents have all made contributions.
Belford House in Four Marks, Hampshire, has made a lovely companionship collage, featuring all the residents’ photographs in heart-shaped frames.
On Random Acts of Kindness Day, staff at West Cliff Hall in Hythe, Hampshire, delivered daffodils to residents in the village, and cupcakes to the local GP surgery and Covid-19 vaccination centre.
We know of many great friendships which have blossomed in our homes, one being at Boulters Lock in Maidenhead where our residents Ian and Tony share a mutual love of rugby. Ian made a personal card with a rugby theme to give to his friend on his birthday.
Companionship is one of Hartford Care’s core principles and this month has really shown how friendship and kindness can really make a difference to all of us, so that nobody ever feels lonely or isolated in our care.