An East Kilbride care home is the first home outside of the USA to participate in a new initiative, Happygrams.
Kingsgate care home, on Glasgow Road, signed up to receive Happygrams in December and have since had more than 60 delivered.
The Happygram service enables family and friends to send a message to their loved ones and add photos, and the Happygram is then delivered to the care home.
Family and friends of care home residents can access the service through the website, www.happygram.org, where they can select the home they wish to send the Happygram to.
One of the Kingsgate care home residents to have received a Happygram is 78-year-old Stuart Duffy.
Stuart said: “I really enjoyed receiving my Valentine’s Day Happygram from my wife Ann. The Happygrams are such a great idea and they have cheered us all up; we love seeing the pictures from our familes and friends and it’s lovely to be reminded they are always thinking about us.”
Kathleen Crymble, activities coordinator at Kingsgate care home, said: “The residents have absolutely loved receiving Happygrams from their families. It’s genuinely heart-warming to deliver and assist with the reading of the messages to residents who need a wee bit extra help. The photos are great and it’s good to see the smiling faces of the families – we also love seeing photos of family dogs!
“We remain the only home in the world outside of America to offer a Happygram delivery service and I’d like to say a huge thank you to all our residents’ families and friends who send in Happygrams.”
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