April 16, 2020 would be the last time I saw my grandfather in person. After spending 19 days in the Hospital, he died on May 5th with no one by his side. The loss of any loved one is difficult, but what made his situation harder to accept was the fact that he was not allowed any visitors during his stay.
A lot of awareness has been raised around Covid-19, but what about all the other patients? Hospital restrictions during the pandemic meant that he and every other patient in the hospital had to heal on their own, without the support and love of family and friends. This can lead to depression and loss of motivation for many. On occasion, a nurse would be kind enough to use a hospital iPad to FaceTime us. Though we couldn’t be there in person, there is a solution to help fix loneliness.
The purpose of this page is to raise money for resources for "activity kits" so that patients at UCLA can have a source of comfort and mental stimulation even if they are alone. We will use funds to purchase items that align with different interests, such as art kits, books, crafts, etc. Patient isolation and accompanying loneliness is of critical concern, and activity kits provide an immeasurable sense of comfort when family and friends cannot be by a patient's side.
Imagine being critically ill and all alone. There are millions of people suffering the repercussions of Covid-19. This is where we can make a change.TOGETHER we can help put an end to loneliness.
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