California well being plan crafts handmade playing cards for nursing dwelling residents

With the pandemic leaving so many nursing dwelling residents remoted from household and pals, a colourful thought arose at Inland Empire Well being Plan.

The Southern California Medicaid well being plan launched a drive to create and distribute handmade greeting playing cards at skilled-nursing services caring for plan beneficiaries.

To date the plan’s employees has helped craft 1,300 playing cards, recruiting pals, household and native organizations to assist. 
“We predict these greeting playing cards can function a young contact to the guts, a optimistic technique to unfold some pleasure, and to indicate our members that we’re serious about them,” mentioned Kristy Garan-Martinez, Inland Empire’s senior director of utilization administration, whose group originated the thought.

The playing cards are being delivered by the well being plan’s Neighborhood Partnerships group. “I actually loved making these handmade playing cards understanding that we’re capable of let the residents of the SNFs know they’re considered and cared about. I hope, once they obtain the playing cards, that the smile it introduced me whereas writing them carries over to them,” mentioned Jane Maass, Inland Empire’s govt director of operations.

“Now greater than ever, it’s necessary to think about the impression of a easy act of kindness,” mentioned LuAnna Jáuregui, the well being plan’s supervisor of neighborhood partnerships. “A sort message written on a chunk of paper could make all of the distinction to an individual who really wants it, particularly throughout this time.”

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