Activities staff at Bupa Broomcroft House Care Home, Ecclesall Road, have set residents up with pen pals across the globe to help form new friendships.
Residents at the home have so far made friends with Maple Manor Nursing Home in Canada, whom they now send regular postcards and updates to. Other countries the home have reached out to include Atlanta, British Colombia and Australia.
The topic came up during a feedback session with residents who felt they would enjoy speaking with other people their age from different cultures and backgrounds.
Joanne Haritou, Activities Coordinator at the home, arranged the new relationships through Facebook, where she joined activity groups and contacted homes directly.
Speaking of the initiative, Joanne said:
“We use social media to show what we are getting up to in the home, so it made perfect sense to connect with other homes who are also online. It’s a great way to utilise social media to help make friendships across the globe, whilst still keeping it traditional.”
Pauline Eyre, resident at Broomcroft House said:
“It’s lovely be able to say I have another new friend in Canada. It’s nice to get postcards and updates about news in other parts of the world from them in the post, too – we look forward to receiving them. Joanne has really gone the extra mile for us to make new friendships.”
Bupa Broomcroft House welcomes anyone in need of nursing or residential care, including those living with dementia. Residents are offered a full programme of regular and seasonal activities, as well as 24-hour access to highly trained medical and care staff.