As the world nears the end of a difficult year, most of us have come to accept the "new normal" of social distancing. Protecting those most vulnerable to COVID-19, especially our residents, is a top priority.
While distancing can be a challenge, it does not have to be synonymous with "isolation." Even those who have to stay physically apart can draw closer together with safe, creative strategies that build relationships.
From teaching and meeting over Zoom to ordering curbside pickup and even attending live-streamed concerts, people have relied on the internet more than ever before to stay connected during COVID. Technology has proven to be a significant lifeline for residents in senior living communities wanting to keep in touch with their families.
Many assisted living communities are helping their residents see their loved ones face to face with FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, or Messenger. While a quick conversation can brighten someone’s day, so can creative video connections, such as singing and reading together, watching shows, and sharing performances from grandchildren.
Camera or technology shy? Good old fashioned phone calls, placed at a greater frequency compared to pre-COVID times, can really make a difference in strengthening your connection to your loved one.
COVID has changed life, but it hasn't stopped it. In fact, many of the most cherished parts of our resident's day can still be enjoyed with adjustments made to increase social distancing.
Mealtimes, an important time for seniors to connect with their peers, can be spaced out to accommodate residents over a larger window of time. Tables can be pushed together with two friends seated at opposite ends, keeping them together, yet apart.
Social activities that don't require close contact, such as bingo or individual craft projects, create a sense of community without residents having to touch or share materials.
Residents in senior living communities may be limited by how much time they are able to spend with their loved ones in person. However, they still have plenty of opportunities for social interaction with staff and residents. In fact, during the difficult times of quarantine, seniors in care communities are much more likely to spend their days socializing than those who live alone.
With strict safety measures in place, our residents and their loved ones can feel confident that they are living in a closely monitored environment that prioritizes not only their physical health but their social well-being.
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