Does anyone know how to connect kids with…
elderly people in elderly facilities?
My son, who is ten, really wants grandparents.
He actually has my dad, his dad’s Mom, & step-dad, but they don’t live close and/or just don’t care about their grandson.
He’d honestly be great with strangers, because he is the kind of kid who has never met a stranger. (Yep, that scares me, but I watch him close.)
I just don’t know how to go about hooking him up with people who might enjoy him.
Meanwhile, can’t we all do this? Please look out for your neighbors!
Thank you all for your suggestions! You’ve given me ideas, not only for my son, but for myself.
Meanwhile, my family has "adopted" 2 elderly folks on our own street who live alone and we now take them home-cooked meals and check in on them regularly. I’m going to look into a 3rd tomorrow…he has family on the street, but I still think he’d appreciate some home-made cookies.
Contact your local Sr. Citizen Center. I’m sure they will be able to help him connect with local people who would enjoy his company
Hi SLMangle, what a wonderful son you have, and what a wonderful Mom you must be to have raised such a thoughtful child. I would take him with you to a local Nursing Home and explain the situation to one of the Directors there. I am sure they could arrange something. There are probably all sorts of legal issues involved, so I wouldn’t be surprised if you were turned down at first if you do it over the phone. I hope you and your Son and your Family have a beautiful Holiday Season.:smileyhappy::heart:
What a wonderful idea, SLMangle. I would suggest contacting a few nursing homes near you. Even though there are lots of people there, many of the residents don’t have someone who becomes their special friend or someone who comes to visit them. I know that some elementary schools have paired classrooms with a nursing home and the students, perhaps monthly, visit residents and make cards, decorations, and listen to their stories. This might even be something you could suggest to your son’s school as a community project.
Often nursing homes have a tree with ‘ornaments’ on them, from residents who may not get any presents, that mention an inexpensive gift that they would like. You might also phone the Area Aging and Disability Resource Center.
I would love to hear what develops. Your son sounds like a special young man. He can even practice writing short letters once he meets someone. I know that they would love to get mail. You might take a picture of them. I’m sure the older person would love to ‘brag’ about their special friend.
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12.12.15 8:39 AM