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Send a card to help reduce loneliness in Preston care homes this Christmas

Posted on - 22nd November, 2019 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Christmas, Health
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An initiative that encourages people to send Christmas cards to their local care homes is returning for a third year.

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Cards for Kindness, which was originally set up by Lancashire County Council in 2018, is designed to help reduce loneliness in older people.

A spokesperson for organisers Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria said: “Loneliness is a growing problem among older people, and in care homes it can be a particularly difficult issue to resolve.

“Figures from Age UK show that 200,000 older people have not had a conversation with friends or family for a month, and 60 per cent of people in care homes get no visitors.

“With changing family and community structures and an ageing population, increasing numbers of people, especially older adults, are becoming socially isolated or lonely. 

“It’s always lovely to receive a card through the post and this, in turn, promotes lots of conversations, bringing back happy memories and encouraging residents to talk to others. Research shows this has many health benefits, especially for people living with dementia.”

Read more: Fulwood woman organising Christmas Day lunch to combat loneliness

To send a Christmas card all you need to do is write one, attach a stamp and pick a local care home to send it to. You can find your local care home in the list below:

  • Abraham House, 515 Blackpool Road, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, PR2 1EQ
  • Banksfield Nursing Home, Banksfield Avenue, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 3RN 
  • Finney House, Flintoff Way, Preston, PR1 6AB
  • Lady Elsie Finney House, Cottam Ave, Ingol, Preston, PR2 3XH
  • L’arche, L’Arche Preston Community, 3 Moor Park Ave, Preston, PR1 6AS
  • L’arche, 4 English Martyrs Place, Preston, PR1 6DN
  • Meadowfield House, Meadowfield, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9NX
  • Moor Park House, 81 – 83 Garstang Road, Preston, PR1 1LD
  • Oakfield Nursing Home, Lancaster Road, Forton, Preston, PR3 0BL
  • Oxford House, 258 Garstang Road, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9QB
  • Broadfield House, Broadfield Drive, Leyland, PR25 1NB
  • Cuerden Grange Rest Home, 414 Station Road, Bamber Bridge, PR5 6JN
  • Lostock Lodge Care Home for the Elderly, 34 Wateringpool Lane, Lostock Hall, PR5 5AP
  • Penwortham Grange and Lodge, Martin Field Road, Penwortham, PR1 9HL
  • The Brambles, Park Avenue, New Longton, PR4 4AY
  • Walton House, 188 Chorley Road, Walton-Le-Dale, PR5 4PD
  • Willowbrooke Residential Care Home, 1-3 Todd Lane South, Lostock Hall, PR5 5XD
  • Brooklands Residential Home, 6 Blackbull Lane,
    Fulwood, Preston, PR2 3PU

Read more: New ‘What The Flock’ crowdfunder to tackle loneliness in Preston and beyond

Will you be joining in with Cards for Kindness? Let us know in the comments.

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