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How you can brighten the day of residents at Canterbury

Posted at 5:14 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 17:27:25-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A new effort is underway to brighten the day of residents who have been on lockdown at nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As COVID-19 spreads, nursing home residents have been isolated weeks, if not months without seeing family or friends.

For residents at Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Henrico County, it's been especially difficult.

Fifty residents have died of COVID-19-linked illnesses at facility, making it one of the deadliest nursing home outbreaks in the country.

Now, the skilled nursing facility in Richmond is coordinating “The Write Touch,” a virtual outreach program to lift the spirits of residents by sending them an e-card.

“With visitations suspended and social distancing protocols mandating the cancellation of communal dining and group activities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center is working to help residents feel connected to community during this challenging time,” said a spokesperson.

If you would like to help lift their spirits, you can make an e-card online and send it to a resident at the facility.

You can make an e-card using websites like Punch Bowl and Blue Mountain, which both offer free trials.

You can then email the card to: