We know that as people get older they can become lonely due to change in lifestyle, loss of independence and mobility, and even a lack of connection with family and the wider community. But did you know up to 40% of older people living in residential aged care homes do not receive regular visitors?
In light of this, Southern Cross Care (WA) is proud to be partnering with the Connect the 40% program, to provide personalised and meaningful gifts and experiences to our residents to improve their lives and help combat the feeling of isolation that some of our residents feel.
The program being run out of Joseph Cooke House is the first of its kind in WA and it is planned for this program to be expanded to our other residential aged care homes later this year.
The program also provides a wonderful opportunity for the community to make a real impact in someone’s life. Meeting a dog, getting to facetime family members, and participating in laughing yoga were some of the wishes granted to residents all due to the generosity of the public in March. Members of the public can visit wwww.connectthe40.com, view resident’s profiles and wishes and then donate to the cause to bring their wishes to life.