Nursing home residents are some of the most vulnerable to becoming seriously ill from coronavirus. At this difficult time, even their friends and families may have to stay away to keep them safe.
One way to help is to send cards of support. Children can draw pictures on homemade cards and write simple notes that they are thinking of both residents or staff. Adults can also send cards.
This USA Today article covers medical advice that sending items through the mail does not risk the health of residents. Be sure not to lick any envelopes. Simply Google the addresses of any nursing homes in your community.
If you want to write to Oregon, healthcare workers are battling the virus at the Oregon Veterans' Home in Lebanon and Regency Park Assisted Living in Portland (the Cedar Mill area near Beaverton). Sadly, one of the honored residents, a veteran in his 90s passed away from the disease.
Here is the text from a Facebook post from the Oregon Veterans' Home:
"Our honored residents and staff at the Oregon Veterans' Home have been overwhelmed by the kind words and supportive messages that have been posted online over the past few days. If you would like to send a more tangible sign of your encouragement and support for our honored residents and hard-working staff, a postcard or letter would mean the world to them.
Please send postcards or letters in an unlicked envelope to ATTN: Operation Well Wish, and please specify in parenthesis if your letter is for (Residents) or (Staff). Please do not address letters to specific residents or staff members. Address:
ATTN: Operation Well Wish (Residents or Staff)
Oregon Veterans' Home
600 N. 5th St.
Lebanon, OR 97355"
Here is the address for Regency Park where at the time of this post, three residents and two staff members have tested positive:
Regency Park Assisted Living
Attn: Activities Director
8300 SW Barnes Rd
Portland, OR 97225
Thank you for reaching out even as we have to stay in to keep these treasured individuals safe.
I'm Sherry Weaver Smith, author of The Wolf and the Shield: An Adventure with Saint Patrick. I like to have adventures in getting outside in nature, crafting, and cooking as I explore our Catholic faith with my daughter. We want to be inspired by the saints!