Rand Aid’s Ron Smith Care Centre recently arranged for care packages to be sent by family members to their loved ones to in some small way fill the gap left by the no-visitor lockdown regulation.
“The families bought carefully selected goodies to warm their loved one’s heart,” says social worker Debbie Beech.
“With the lockdown being indefinite, we brainstormed ideas about connecting families with their loved ones without actual contact. Hence the idea of sending individualised care packs or gifts for their loved ones to let them know they are missing them and thinking of them.
“The families responded really positively and gifts have ranged from a tin of condensed milk to teddies and chocolates. The gifts are accompanied by a letter or card or photos of the family.
“We also had a couple of donations of extra items for residents with no family so we could put something together for them,” says Debbie.
Resident Irene Green after receiving her goodie bag.
Syd Philips reads the letter sent to him in the care package that was carefully put together by his family.
This beautiful scarf was among the treats in Ronel Gray’s gift bag.