Concerned about the devestaing impact the global pandemic, local Real Estate agent, Nickey Calford decided to find ingenious ways to support her community.
In mid-March, the McCormick Day Program took a leadership position by making a very difficult decision to temporarily close their doors due to COVID-19, to ensure the safety of clients and families, and staff.
Recognizing the significant impact this would have for clients and caregivers, the staff team quickly adapted their knowledge, experience, and skill sets to a virtual world by introducing a new Caregiver website, which includes a wealth of information from recreation activities to nutrition tips. Social Workers provided ongoing support initially by phone and soon after through secure video meetings.
Despite the phone, web, and virtual support, there was a growing need to expand our reach into the community with practical and immediate recreational solutions for caregivers.
The team began developing individualized dementia activity kits and provided a contactless delivery direct to client’s homes.
Thanks to the hard work, organization, and perserverence of Nickey, her friend's, the Byron Community, and many others who saw this post, they were able to raise $2,300 - that's 3 truck loads of bottle returns!
These funds will go a long way to support the growning demand for caregiver education and recreational suppot for those living with dementia in our community.
The response from clients and caregivers has been amazing – everyone I have spoken to, struggle to find words to express their heartfelt gratitude.
Initiatives like this make the McCormick Difference! We couldn't do what we do...without you! Thank you to everyone for helping us get through these difficult and worriesome times together!