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COMMUNITY LOVE: Lorna Faint and Ivan Bettridge with the wall of letters and drawings received from community members.
COMMUNITY LOVE: Lorna Faint and Ivan Bettridge with the wall of letters and drawings received from community members.

Community support lifts spirits of aged care residents

COLOURFUL and creative artworks and drawings sent in to encourage residents adorn the walls at a Clermont aged care facility.

Clermont Multipurpose Health Service’s Montcler has received an influx of drawings, colouring in, letters and small art works from children across the community.

Executive Director Mental Health, Public Health & Rural Services Terry Johnson said Clermont families had approached staff looking for ideas on how they could reach out to their loved ones and other residents while coronavirus measures were place.

“Families and community members wanted to connect with residents to ensure they were not feeling lonely,” Ms Johnson said.

“What followed was a heartfelt wave of gifts and messages that residents and staff truly appreciated.

“Children on remote properties and local school students of all ages began sending drawings, coloured pictures and inspirational messages to cheer up the residents, which we have now displayed on the walls.”

Clermont Multipurpose Health Service's Montcler aged care facility has received many encouraging letters and drawings from community members.
Clermont Multipurpose Health Service's Montcler aged care facility has received many encouraging letters and drawings from community members.

Ms Johnson said the town’s library and community organisations also contributed to the act of kindness.

“The library has been a great support with staff hand-picking books and allowing residents to stock up on books for the next few months,” she said.

“Church groups sent biblical readings and special ‘butterfly kisses’ from children’s group Mainly Music now colourfully adorn communal spaces.”

Mackay HHS began limiting visitors at all its aged care facilities in March to protect vulnerable residents from coronavirus.

While residents have been unable to see their loved ones, they have kept themselves busy with birthday celebrations and different games and were thankful for the community support.

“It’s lonely without the family being able to visit but I understand why,” one resident shared.

Ms Johnson said they recently celebrated the 90th and 88th birthdays for two of the residents while bingo, hoy, craft time and quizzes continued to go ahead while maintaining social distancing.



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