Those who live in assisted living facilities have been listed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as high-risk for the coronavirus. This makes it difficult for family members to stay in touch with their vulnerable loved ones. Social isolation can be stressful for older adults who want to be with family and friends during these uncertain times.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways to stay connected with your senior loved ones during the quarantine. From a simple phone call to planning a window visit to your family member’s assisted living facility, you can keep in touch with your senior loved ones while you stay home and stay safe.Social distancing has made it harder for older people to stay connected with their loved ones. Fortunately, there are many ways to keep in touch while staying safe in quarantine. Click To Tweet
Connect with a Video Call
There are plenty of free apps that make video calls easy, such as Zoom, FaceTime, and Skype. The iPhone already has FaceTime installed, making it quick and easy for your family member to receive and make video calls. Choose something for your elderly loved one that they can use without issue on the device of their choice.
Schedule a Window Visit
Make a plan to visit your family member at their care cottages but from a safe distance outside their room’s window. While you’re outside, you can chat with them through the phone, or make signs with sweet messages to hold up. This also makes a great activity for young grandchildren to get creative and connect with their grandparents.
Pro Tip: Make sure to take necessary precautions even with a window visit by washing your hands and wearing a mask to go out.
Pick Up the Phone Often
Phone calls to family members in assisted living should be part of your daily routine, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. Loneliness can be harmful to the mental health of those who are quarantining by themselves during this time. Call your loved ones over the phone often to keep them up to date and help them feel a sense of connection.
Staying Connected with Your Loved Ones
It’s important to keep in touch and connect with your senior loved ones while quarantining amongst coronavirus. This is a stressful time for everyone, but you can use it to grow closer to your family and friends with modern technology. Remember to stay home and stay safe, and wash your hands to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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