This Nursing Home Needs Volunteers to Virtually "Adopt a Grandparent"

Kelly Corbett
Photo credit: Instagram / @chdliving

From House Beautiful

If social distancing has got you feeling down, you're not alone. While we're still able to connect with our loved ones through programs like Zoom, and now Netflix (thanks to this extension), not everyone has someone to lean on virtually or in real life.

CHD Living, a nursing home provider in Surrey and South London, has rolled out an "Adopt a Grandparent" campaign in order to help combat loneliness amongst its residents. A similar initiative started last year amongst the 13 CHD Living facilities, where local children and adults who didn't have grandparents of their own would come connect with the elderly. However, as a result of the the COVID-19 outbreak, the program has been reworked to be completely virtual. This move to digital also hopes to open the opportunity up to a larger audience, according to Insider.

The "Adopt a Grandparent" campaign aims to shine a light on the importance of intergenerational relationships by remotely pairing up young people with elderly companions based on common interests. Through video calls, volunteers will be able to connect with their “grandparents.”

"This campaign is designed to bring a sense of comfort to young people and the elderly who may not have grandparents/grandchildren of their own, with the aim to create invaluable, lifelong friendships," explains the program website.

Applications are currently open for volunteers. If interested, you'll have to answer a few simple questions about your interests and why you want be a part of this campaign. While the application does ask what your nearest town is, it does not specify whether or not you have to be a UK resident. If you or your kids are interested in a good at-home activity, the facility is also accepting drawings, letters, or poetry to help brighten residents' days. You can submit work by scanning it and sending it to the @chdliving Instagram account via DM. While in-person visitors are still allowed at the facility for the time being, they must answer a few questions and have their temperatures taken before being allowed entry.

While being confined to our homes during this difficult time has made us feel limited in our abilities, there are still many ways we can spread kindness. If adopting a grandparent isn't your cup of tea, consider supporting a local business you’ve never checked out before or donating to the Coronavirus Care Fund, which supports domestic workers who are currently facing hardships.

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