SmileMakers Station – Connecting Hearts & Hands
One of the hardest parts of the coronavirus pandemic are the social-distancing measures which prevent family members from visiting or comforting loved ones in long-term care facilities.
Social isolation during the pandemic has taken a large toll on the older adults who live in these care facilities. Some residents have gone for more than 250 days without hugging their family and friends. They have missed the warmth and comfort of human touch for far too long. We decided we must take action.
So, we created the next best thing to a “real” hug. Our SmileMakers Station allows family members to feel the warmth and joy of holding hands and embracing, often for the first time since the pandemic began. It’s incredibly heartwarming for everyone involved. Best of all, it can be used regularly for visits, connecting hearts and hands.
See the video above and read the full article from ABC 7 Eyewitness News here.
Check back to see the SmileMakers Stations drawings and plans. We are making a few enhancements and will share them soon.