Care providers can keep residents entertained this December with a virtual advent calendar designed to boost morale after a difficult year.
Created by Meaningful Care Matters, the Gift of Time advent calendar contains a different activity behind each door, including setting up a video call with family members, listening and dancing to a resident’s favourite song, or sharing and reminiscing over meaningful photographs.
Explaining the reason behind the Gift of Time, Peter Bewert, managing director of Meaningful Care Matters, said: “When talking to many of our partners who are undertaking Butterfly Projects for dementia patients in Canada, UK and Ireland, they explained it was hard to focus on future culture change with all that continues to go on with responding to the pandemic, staff shortages and people generally feeling exhausted.
“They said they needed something simple and achievable to help raise their team’s morale. This is how we came up with the idea of the advent calendar – things to do each day in December which focus on being kind, having fun, sharing memories and looking after each other.”
The virtual advent calendar is part of Meaningful Care Matters’ new Meaningful Connections Community, an online platform for global networking allowing individuals and care providers to share, collaborate and debate issues impacting person-centred care cultures.
Those wanting to join the platform can currently enjoy a 15 per cent discount by using the code Welcome2020 when signing up, until 31st December.
Peter added: “Please join us each day in opening a new window of possibility to change a moment and make a difference. Sometimes the gift of time is the most precious thing we can give. This might be for someone you support or one of your team members, or it could be for YOU, as you matter too!”
To sign up for free and find out what is behind the doors of the advent calendar, click here. Participants are also encouraged to share their daily activities across social channels using #MakeCareMeangingful #GiftofTime.