One of the central facets of the holiday season is connection. But, connecting with others in-person this year is complicated by the coronavirus pandemic.
Some of the people most affected by COVID-19 isolation are seniors citizens living in care and rehabilitation facilities. In a non-pandemic year, the holidays would already be a time of loneliness for some seniors. In an era of unprecedented death and hardship, senior homes are feeling it now more than ever.
“During this time, a note from a perfect stranger can be the highlight of someone’s day,” says Colleen Musselman, Garden Spot Village director of life enrichment.
According to some care facilitators, a simple season’s greetings can mean the world to seniors who aren’t able to visit with their families, if there is family to visit at all.
“They are a generation of people of people that sent and received letters. There wasn’t a Facebook to go on to connect with people when they were growing up,” says Michelle Young-Nell, marketing director at Lancashire Hall.
So, consider spreading a little cheer this holiday season. Here are a few Lancaster County senior homes accepting Christmas cards this season.
Note: The senior facilities listed below have confirmed that cards may be sent. If you represent a senior home that would like to be listed here, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send to: Brethren Village c/o Lauren Rineer, 3001 Lititz Pike, Lititz PA, 17543
Conestoga View Nursing & Rehabilitation
Send to: Conestoga View, 900 E King St, Lancaster, PA 17602
Send to: Fairmount Homes, 333 Wheat Ridge Drive, Ephrata, PA 17522
Garden Spot Village
Send to: Garden Spot Village attn: Life Enrichment, 433 S. Kinzer Ave. New Holland, PA, 17557
Send to: Lancashire Hall c/o Michelle Young-Nell, 2829 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601
The Long Community Assisted Living
Send to: The Long Community at Highland attn to: Assisted Living, 600 E Roseville Rd., Lancaster, Pa 17601
Masonic Villages at Elizabethtown
Send to: Masonic Village at Elizabethtown c/o Emily Connors MHCC-Therapeutic Recreation, 600 Freemason Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022
Note: Masonic Village has a pre-existing program called “Sending Smiles,” which encourages people to send cards as well as crossword books, adult coloring books and colored pencils. Visit masonicvillages.org/sending-smiles/ for more information.
St. Anne’s Retirement Community
Send to: St. Anne’s Retirement Community attn: Activities Department, 3952 Columbia Ave., Columbia, PA 17512
United Zion Retirement Community
Send to: United Zion Retirement Community c/o Megan Weiss, 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, PA 17543
Zerbe Retirement Community
Send to: Zerbe Retirement Community, 2499 Zerbe Road, Narvon, PA 17555