Beulah S. Mays Grant Connects Seniors During Pandemic
Sayre Christian Village, Fayette County’s sole nonprofit assisted-living center, wanted to provide smart TVs for their low-income residents whose feeling of isolation has been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic. With support from the Beulah S. Mays Charitable Endowment, a legacy fund at BGCF, we awarded Sayre Christian Village a grant of $4,800 to purchase 28 smart TVs and 7 Roku sticks to those low-income residents who did not have access these items. This grant enabled these residents to stream church services, documentaries, exercise programs, and other in-house activities to stay connected and fight social isolation.
From Sayre Christian Village:
Our administrator is so thrilled to be able to communicate with residents in a way that is easier for them. If she’s in their room, she must have a mask over her face. If she’s talking through the TV, she’s able to have her mask off and is so much easier to understand. They really struggle reading expression with masks. As we started installation, one of our residents started to cry. “I don’t know what I ever did to deserve this,” referring to such a nice TV. She went on to say, “You know, I have not yet called this place home, but it is starting to feel like it. Thank you.”
Thank you, Bluegrass Community Foundation, for helping us fight social isolation in long term care.