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Kemper House is seeking birdhouse, bird feeder donations for residents with Alzheimer's and dementia

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Posted at 5:10 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 17:10:18-04

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — With no visitors allowed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a local assisted living facility is seeking donations to keep residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia engaged in a unique way, but the donations being sought aren’t monetary.

Kemper House had to restrict visitors at its facilities to help protect residents from contracting COVID-19 because they are more vulnerable to the virus. With no family or friends allowed to visit, the facility is hoping to bring in visitors of the feathered variety and is asking the public to donate birdhouses and bird feeders for the residents.

The colors, movements and sounds of birds have been found to be soothing and calming for individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s, according to Kemper House.

The facility said that feeding and watching birds helps provide residents “a connection with the outside world and can reduce isolation, agitation, anxiety and depression.”

Kemper House hopes that the public can build, create or donate extra bird feeders and birdhouses to either of its two locations in Strongsville and Highland Heights.

To receive instructions on how to coordinate a donation to either facility, call 440-846-1100 or email info@kemperhouse.com

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