Pen Pal Programs For the Elderly During Pandemic
Rich Vanderweit, an activity aide at Sullivan County Health Care in Claremont, noticed a socialization need among the residents that were not able to have visitors due to the pandemic. He decided to start a pen pal program matching residents up with residents of a nearby community living center, Summercrest Senior Living Community.
When the story was mentioned in the local newspaper and aired on television, letters started coming in huge quantities from all over the nation. The residents gather together weekly to read letters aloud and respond together. Read the full story here.
Although they cannot accept more pen pals at this time, residents at Sunplex Subacute Center in Ocean Springs, MS would love one! Visit the facebook page Sunplex Subacute to find a pen pal today!