While people aren't able to visit aged care residents at this point in time due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Nyngan Health Service is encouraging the community to send in their letters, pictures and drawings.
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Nyngan Health Service Manager Jenny Griffiths said while the doors are currently closed to visitors at the aged care facility, they are still looking for ways to keep the aged care residents socially connected to the community.
"We're extremely lucky here, living in a small community that we have really good community connections," she said.
"We have fabulous volunteers and carers in the community, the schools, the preschool who have visits.
"We're usually very connected to the community, so the biggest risk for us in restricting all our visiting has meant we've lost all of that in one foul swoop.
"So we're just trying to get a little bit of that connectedness back."
The Health Service is encouraging people to stay connected by writing letters, sending emails, photos or drawings they can share with the residents.
"It's something we've never had to do before, and I think that's going to be a challenge for everyone," she said.
"We're working on getting some FaceTime set up as well ... but at the moment we're trying to think of little things that might make a difference."
Ms Griffiths said so far they have received 30 responses not only from community members, but also from the Middle East.
It's a good time for us all to think about those small random acts of kindness that make a massive difference to people- Jenny Griffiths
"One of our residents loves Souths Sydney so one of the kids did a nice little Souths Sydney picture up for him so that was really nice," she said.
"We also have some videos of a border collie in Orange, sent from someone in our media team who is working from home, so we shared a couple of pictures of her dog with the residents.
"We also received an email over the weekend from a Lieutenant Colonel serving in the Middle East, who saw it on Facebook and thought she would write a letter."
However the Nyngan Health Service manager said it's not just aged care residents who need to stay connected during these tough times, but the entire community.
"At least our residents here have people checking in on them ... so I suppose the message is if there's someone in the street that's self isolating, maybe they'd like a picture in their mailbox or a note as well.
"I think it's certainly bigger than just here, but it's a good time for us all to think about those small random acts of kindness that make a massive difference to people."
People are encouraged to post a letter or card to the Nyngan Health Service at PO Box 96, Nyngan NSW 2825.
Residents can also take a photo of their letters or pictures and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
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