Sefton people are being asked to help cheer up residents of the borough’s residential care homes at this time when visits aren’t permitted owing to COVID-19.
Older people living at homes across Sefton are missing seeing their family and friends regularly. It is proving a particularly distressing time for some of the residents who are not seeing their loved ones.
Through its new #ShowThemYouCare campaign, Sefton Council is asking local people to purchase items, such as packets of biscuits, boxes of cakes and sweets and flowers, plants and treats, and donate them to brighten up the day for the people living in of local residential homes.
Also, paintings drawings, poems and letters from local children and neighbours would really cheer up residents.
Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said: “The need for us all to socially isolate to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is vital but it is having this unseen impact for residents in Thornton Hall & Lodge and residential homes right across Sefton.
“I would urge anyone who can to brighten up these older and sometimes vulnerable people’s lives by dropping off a little gift.
“We want to #ShowThemYouCare but we want them to do it locally. If you have older relatives living in residential care but they are in another part of the borough, you can donate to your local home in the knowledge that someone else is donating locally where they live.
“When you are shopping, you could buy a cake or some sweets or if you’re worried about keeping fit during this period of enforced inactivity and want to get rid of that spare packet of biscuits, donate it to your local residential home.”
People wanting to leave gifts can drop them off at the door during their daily exercise. Details of other care homes across Sefton where people may want to leave gifts for residents can be found on the Sefton Directory.