“As a teenager, I have been fortunate to be able to connect with friends and family both in person and through many types of social mediums. I didn’t realize that so many people could be feeling so isolated and alone. After speaking with my own grandparents, it really hit home! They have limited access to socialization since they are staying home to practice social distancing for their own safety and the safety of others. I realized that social distancing can be very difficult for people who don’t have direct communication with friends or loved ones. It’s a known fact that people truly benefit from social interaction for both their mental and physical well being. Our mission is to help provide that human interaction that many nursing home residents who are missing it during this time of crisis. We hope you will join us and help us build this effort!”
"Being socially active with friends and family has always been a big part of my life. Now that our world has shifted and been turned upside down, continuing to be social would be a risk to my own and other’s safety. Our goal is to have a way of communicating with elderly residents of communities that are no longer able to have visitors… to help them and us stay connected with people. We know are not allowed to have visitors right now. Not only with this be good for the children, but also brighten up the day of a resident in this dark time. We hope you will help us with this journey!"
"Seems like the whole world is changing. Sometimes I feel a little selfish…. Not always thinking of others. I’ve only been worried about our family, but I know that there’s are many people that are having a hard time right now. After my mom told me I wouldn’t be able to see my Nana for a while, it really changed my perspective on the situation. I’ve been having dinner with her every week for about my whole life. And I worry about her. Every day that goes by is another day that she could get this scary virus. I am lucky enough that I can talk with my family when I am sad or anxious and I want everyone to have someone to talk to through this difficult time."