We live in extraordinary times, and residents of senior-care facilities are among the hardest hit. No longer can their loved ones visit them, and safety recommendations have curtailed all of Compassionate Artists’ visits to bring the arts to those in need.
But now’s not the time to abandon our seniors.
That’s why Compassionate Artists' team immediately shifted gears. All three facilities we service have already received creativity packets filled with 30 days’ worth of activities – newsletters, crossword puzzles, humor pages, brain exercises, a daily “Kindness during COVID-19” calendar. There was even a packet for each activity director with tips about working with their populations during this time of isolation. We are currently working to create individual art packets filled with colored pencils, watercolors, brushes, etc., along with a variety of creative projects.
This example of reaching out to seniors at their most vulnerable time would not be possible without the generosity of Compassionate Artists’ donors. But let’s not stop with one month. And let’s not limit ourselves to the few facilities we have been visiting. We can do so much more with your help, and that means expanding our online presence, which will not only help our current seniors but will include all who feel isolated across the country. We know how ambitious this must sound, but it’s the right thing to do. Imagine your mother locked in a long-term care facility – or imagine yourself without any connection to creativity or the arts. The knowledge that someone cares is powerful medicine that can make a dramatic difference in your quality of life.