In the spirit of giving and compassion, colleagues from Medical City Alliance brought cheer to some North Texas seniors without family to celebrate the holidays. 2021 marks the fourth year that colleagues have adopted seniors in assisted living facilities.
Colleagues provided gifts to 42 seniors living in three assisted living or rehabilitation facilities in the north Fort Worth community. Medical City Alliance worked with leaders from each facility to identify residents “needs” and “wants,” such as socks, laundry detergent or framed art for their rooms. Hospital colleagues then chose a senior from a Christmas tree located in the hospital lobby, shopping and paying for gifts on their own time and with their own money. Santa accompanied the delivery of gifts to each facility on December 21, just in time for the holidays.
“Many local seniors living in this community will be without family this season,” says Matt Eiserloh, director of community and public relations at Medical City Alliance. “Given the challenges brought on by the pandemic this past year, we are deeply touched by the generosity and compassion of our healthcare heroes, who care like family.”
An AARP survey in 2017 found that 28% of U.S. adults over 50 report that they have felt lonely during a holiday season over the past five years. Nearly half (43%) have worried about a friend or family member who was lonely during the holidays. Medical City Alliance colleagues work to fill this gap. Assisted living facilities benefitting from this year’s effort include Legend of Fort Worth, Marine Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation, and North Pointe Nursing and Rehabilitation.
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