The first ever SYNERGY HomeCare Adopt-A-Pop campaign launched to great success. With Mother’s Day grabbing much of the attention when it comes to family-oriented holidays, the aim of the program was to give elderly dads just as much attention for Father’s Day.
SYNERGY HomeCare of Beaverton, Ore., and SYNERGY HomeCare of Katy, Texas, participated in the pilot program.
In Beaverton, SYNERGY HomeCare Franchise Partner Donna Cole and her staff matched local teenagers with older dads at Cascade Park Retirement in Woodburn. The kids, who were from the Woodburn Parks and Rec summer program, jumped at the chance to “adopt” a pop (grandfather) for the day.
The teens filled out custom designed adoption certificates with their adopted pops to commemorate the special occasion.
The kids also spent time getting to know their adopted pop by interviewing them and presenting what they learned with the group. The newly formed friends also worked on a craft project together, creating unique key chains out of nuts and bolts.
Janet Syska, an administrator for SYNERGY HomeCare of Beaverton, said the Adopt-A-Pop event was the best event she’s ever witnessed in her 20 years in the home care business. The smiles on the faces of the residents were hard to miss.
The event made an impact on the kids, too. Just two days later, one of the teens who attended the Adopt-A-Pop event returned to Cascade Park with his family to visit with his adopted pop.
“SYNERGY HomeCare recognizes that isolation and loneliness are widespread among our elders,” said Hayley Sheeks, of SYNERGY HomeCare in Katy. “Many older parents don’t have family members who live close enough to visit — if they have any family at all. We’re honored to be their family, even just for one day.”
Becoming a family is just what Sheeks and her team in Katy set out to do when they brought the Adopt-A-Pop program to the Legend Oaks Rehabilitation Center. Sheeks, who runs the Katy SYNERGY HomeCare office along with her father, Mark Haselden and sister Courtney Phillips, brought their family, friends and caregivers to the center to spend time with the male residents.
In addition to filling out the special adoption certificates, the Katy team held an ice cream social and held a drawing where one lucky “pop” won a Father’s Day gift basket.
Special bonds were made in both cities as several generations came together to share their time and experiences with one another. SYNERGY HomeCare is looking forward to expanding the Adopt-A-Pop program to other cities in the near future.
Both events captured the attention of local media who covered the Adopt-A-Pop program extensively.
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