Residents at Oake Meadows care home, Taunton, have sent their family members knitted hearts, photos and cards in a special ‘from my heart to yours’ campaign.
The home on Wyvern Road, received the knitted hearts as a donation from a friend of the home, Jeannie Woods, who is a seamstress. Jeannie reached out to Oake Meadows at the beginning of the UK’s lockdown to send them the gifts to help bring joy to the residents at a difficult time.
The residents decided they would like to share the gifts with their loved ones, along with photos of themselves at the home and cards donated by local business, Flamingo Paperie.
Margaret Hill, 81, resident at Oake Meadows care home, said: “I’ve found it very difficult that my daughter can’t visit at the moment. We have always been very close, and this is a strange situation for everyone.
“The knitted heart is so beautiful, and I love that I have one and now she can have one too.”
Joy Allgate, daughter of resident Leroy Bryan, said: “It made me cry. It is a beautiful little heart and photo of my dad; I will keep it forever. Everything the home does is above and beyond.”
Louis Du Tout, activities coordinator at Oake Meadows, said: “Residents were eager to share a message with their loved ones and it meant the world to us to help them with this. We have made strong efforts throughout the lockdown to ensure that residents and their families can maintain contact either through video and landline calls as well as continued and increased social media posts and messages.
“I’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Jeannie for the donation of the knitted hearts from everyone here at Oake Meadows, it has really made us all smile.”
Oake Meadows forms part of Larchwood Care and is currently managed by Healthcare Management Solutions. The home is currently rated ‘Good’ by the CQC. Across the Larchwood portfolio, the regulator ratings reflect the exceptionally high standards of care given and the drive of every team member to continually improve the care they give.