Grandfriends and Kindness Rocks!

With the onset of Covid19 the increase in anxiety and depression associated with the isolation of seniors has had a tremendous impact on everyone in their support network. ‘Grandfriends’- Pilot Program is a fantastic initiative born out of a prospering partnership between Harbison Care and the local school, Oxley College. This partnership has paved the way for the opportunity to connect with broad range of beneficiaries; residents (some of whom reside in high-level dementia care); Oxley students aged 5-7 years; the resident’s families, & other community connections. 

The SHF believed that supporting this initiative will not only build better relationships for those involved but has the potential to include other schools in fostering joint partnerships for the longterm. Through a funding opportunity from FRRR – In A Good Place, (Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal) SHF submitted an EOI and was successfully granted $19,286.00. These funds will assist the program to reduce social isolation, build capacity and connectedness.                  

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How Grandfriends sustained Covid19 with exchanges of gifts

Kindness Rocks! Our lifestyle team work hard at making every moment count, and recently revived our intergenerational care program with Oxley College following a COVID-related hiatus. Inter-generational care programs have been shown to be beneficial because of the special way that older and younger people engage with each other. This engagement is meaningful for all participants, not just residents. In addition to the therapeutic nature of inter-generational activities, these outings are a way for residents to remain connected or reconnect with their community. Benefits for residents include reduced loneliness through friendships, improved memory, mood, reduced incidence of depression, increased confidence and mobility, and an improved sense of meaning, purpose, and agency. When Burradoo reopens to visitors, our residents will be able to take delivery of their gifts. Until then, kindness rocks!.

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