Brisbane high schools students have set up weekly Skype calls with residents to counter the loneliness those unable to have visitors may feel.
Due to the spread of COVID-19, students at Bray Park High School knew they couldn’t keep up their regular visits with residents at Wesley Mission Queensland’s aged care community Anam Cara, but didn’t want to lose touch.
Principal of Bray Park High School Peter Turner said the first call, made yesterday, was a success.
“The students were quite emotional, and you could see how much it meant to the residents,” Turner said.
Sixteen-year-old Bianca Bill said that she and her classmates were looking forward to the calls.
“We all love the weekly visits to Anam Cara – we would spend time with the residents, cooking, playing games, walking the therapy dogs and they’ve become our friends and we miss them,” Bill said.
“Some of us will do the video call from the art room so we can show them our art projects, others will call from the music room, so they can play some music for the residents. We hope that it will help them feel happy during the difficult time.”
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that Queensland schools will be student-free from Monday next week but Bill said students will continue to chat with residents.
Silvia Holl, residential aged care manager at Anam Cara, thanked the students for their care and compassion for the residents.
“The visits from the students are a highlight of the week for our residents, so they were very sad when they learnt it had to be suspended. When we told them that the students wanted to stay in touch via video, they were delighted,” Holl said.
“The weekly calls will mean so much to the residents and help to keep their spirits up, and feel connected to the community, until it is safe to resume the visits.”Do you have an idea for a story?
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