Christmas Comes Early for Care Home Residents
Vida Healthcare has partnered with local organisations and schools to coordinate cards and trees for the specialist dementia care provider’s residents and staff in the run up to Christmas.
The students at Harrogate-based Rossett Acre Primary School worked together to hand craft Christmas cards containing good wishes and personalised messages for the residents at Vida Healthcare’s two homes, Vida Hall and Vida Grange.
The care provider has also partnered with London-based Holly Berry Trees to have miniature Christmas trees delivered to bring Christmas cheer to residents and staff as they continue to adhere to COVID-19 restrictions.
James Rycroft, Managing Director of Vida Healthcare, commented “Since Vida was founded 10 years ago, we’ve always invested in Christmas cheer to bring the community together. We’ve previously invited local carol singers and reindeers to our homes, and coordinated Christmas parties for residents and staff, however thanks to COVID-19 this year has been different and we’ve had to think creatively.
“It’s never been more important to keep spirits up as we head towards Christmas, particularly as residents are still unable to fully reunite with their families. It’s been fantastic to see the joy the cards and trees have brought everyone in our homes.”
The Christmas cards and trees have been coordinated to generate community spirit and bring local organisations together in the run up to Christmas.
Catherine Loveless, Co-Founder of Holly Berry Trees, added: “Spreading Christmas cheer is a huge part of why I originally founded Holly Berry Trees with my business partner, Jonathan. Initiatives like this where we can contribute to the happiness of people in our local community remind me why what we do is so important, particularly after such a challenging year.”
In addition to Rossett Acre Primary, cards are being sent in daily by local parents, childminders, and schools across the Harrogate District.
The team at Vida also plans to plant the trees once the Christmas period has finished to give residents the opportunity to nurture them throughout the year, and decorate them to celebrate various events, including Easter and birthdays.