Cupcakes, Christmas dinners and presents – meet the festive home care elves on a mission to raise a smile this Christmas.
The team at Good Oaks Home Care in Bournemouth and Poole have been spreading joy this week with surprise festive deliveries. The team said they are on a seasonal mission to make everyone in their care smile – this includes sending out more than 80 cupcakes with carers going to visit clients this week.
With Christmas only a few days away, the team are planning on making and delivering Christmas dinners to those clients who are isolating this year, so they have a tasty festive treat to enjoy. And it won’t just be Christmas dinners that are being delivered, thanks to Dorset Mums. The community group has teamed up with the Good Oaks team to deliver gift bags to clients. The Dorset Mums community has donated more than 1,000 gift bags across Dorset to care homes for residents with little or no family to visit, care companies, a Coronavirus Support Group, Dorset Council Adult Services, a church community cafe, Age UK and Pramacare. The Good Oaks care team will deliver them to people along with the Christmas dinners.
Claire Jackson, Branch Manager at the Good Oaks Home Care HQ in Poole, said: “We wanted to do everything we could to go above and beyond and make Christmas 2020 extra special for everyone in our care. Everyone knows it has been a tough year and we have been constantly working to ensure everyone in our care is safe, happy and contented. It’s about spreading a little extra joy at this time of year and making people smile just a bit more. Having a Christmas dinner, presents to open and someone to have a chat to on the Big Day, is something many of us take for granted but for many people, our carers might be their only contact during Christmas, so we want to do everything we can to go above and beyond and make this Christmas an extra special one.”
The team has also signed up the Good Morning Britain’s One Million Minutes campaign, where people volunteer their time to support someone who might be lonely, or who doesn’t have anyone to talk to over Christmas.