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You Can Now ‘Adopt A Grandparent’ As Part Of This Lovely Initiative To Help Beat Loneliness

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You Can Now ‘Adopt A Grandparent’ As Part Of This Lovely Initiative To Help Beat Loneliness

Adopt a grandparent and help care for some of society’s most vulnerable.

Located in south London, CHD Living has focused on providing care for 35 years. And now, in the age of coronavirus, their mission remains the same — just with added processes and protocols put in place to protect their elderly residents, such as following the government’s ruling that over 70s should self-isolate.

Although the measures are there to keep CHD’s elderly residents safe from the virus, the long bouts of isolation lead to increased levels of loneliness, which can be quite debilitating for those already feeling disconnected.

A short letter or a quick phone call will do a world of good. 

Subsequently, CHD Living’s Adopt A Grandparent scheme intends to match caring individuals in the community with an elderly resident, with the aim of creating long-lasting intergenerational friendships. Participants are able to take part in many ways, with CHD Living suggesting having phone or video calls, sending pictures or poems for them to enjoy, or sharing stories and sending letters or postcards.

Every little bit of communication, albeit digital, goes a long way to providing care and is a welcome distraction for all at this time. To get involved, go to the Adopt A Grandparent page of their website and fill in the form. A staff member will then be in touch.

See also: a huge list of community aid groups filled with people offering help, listed by area.