GRAFTON—One local resident brought joy to residents at a local nursing home.
31 Consultant Amber Humphrey reported that 60 percent of nursing home residents never have visitors, more than 50 percent of residents have no close relatives and 46 percent have no living children.
“That means that each year, thousands of senior citizens spend the holidays alone. No visitors, no family, no one except the other residents and the staff,” she commented.
After finding out those numbers, she reached out to Joyce Moore the Activities Director at Taylor Health Care Center to see if they would allow her to “adopt” the residents.
Humphrey shared that in the past she has done blessing bags for the NICU parents and pediatrics patients and thought she would do something a little closer to home.
“I wanted to do something special for the seniors and thought the bags would be a great way to make them smile,” Humphrey expressed.
After Moore agreed, Humphrey needed to get some help to ensure all of the residents would receive a bag.
To help get the word out, Humphrey took to social media, and through generous friends, family, and community members, they were able to “adopt” all 46 residents
Each bag contained a large print crossword or word search book, a drink, and some snacks like nutrigrain bars, pudding, or applesauce.
Moore shared that they appreciate Humphrey thinking of the residents and they were thrilled to receive the bags.
“The residents were so excited to receive the bags,” added Moore.” They loved them and thought it was so nice that people sponsored them.”
“The sheer joy on some of their faces made it all worthwhile,” Humphrey expressed. “I simply live for these moments.”
When asked if she planned to do more bags in the future, Humphrey shared that she hopes to.
“If I can get more support, I’d like to do the same at Rosewood also,” she added. “They are a much bigger facility, but I know it can be done with the support of the community.”