Ways to Stay Close to Your Senior Loved Ones when Socially Distancing
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all been instructed to practice social distancing to slow the spread of the virus. This has been a difficult adjustment for all of us, but it can be especially hard on those in senior living communities. In simpler times, a visit from a friend or family member could be the highlight of a senior’s day; right now, such visits are no longer possible. At Summerset Senior Living, we know that while the COVID-19 lockdown means in-person visits will need to be postponed for the time being, it doesn’t mean that we have to be completely cut off from our loved ones in senior living communities. Here are a few ideas about how you can stay in touch without visiting in person:
With so many people stuck at home, video conferencing apps like Skype and FaceTime have become more popular than ever. If you have a loved one in a senior living community, video conferencing apps can be a great way to check in. Try arranging a regular video call or invite your senior loved one to a video dinner with the family. There are all sorts of fun ways to use video conferencing apps, so get creative and we can help each other get through this together!
Senior Living Community Tech
If your loved one does not have a mobile device or computer that can take video calls, their senior living community may have other ways for you to make a connection. Each of the Summerset Senior Living communities has a computer room available for our residents to connect digitally with their loved ones. Our staff is available to help if needed. Additionally, we have community iPads and staff members to assist in video conferencing. Other senior living communities may offer different options; you can inquire as to how they are using technology to keep their residents connected with friends and family.
Sometimes, it’s just good to hear your loved one’s voice. Know that senior living community residents may be feeling lonely at this time, and your phone call could really light up their day. Whether you’re calling to have a long conversation or you’re just calling for a quick “Hello,” a phone call is the perfect way to show you care.
If you want a different way to stay connected, why not go old school? People used to write letters to their loved ones all the time; why should we stop just because it’s 2020? A handwritten letter adds a personal touch that you just can’t get using digital technology. Try adding a photo or a small memento to your letter (be sure to disinfect it first) for an extra special surprise!
Many of us are feeling lonely thanks to the COVID-19 social distancing measures. It’s normal to feel that way, but now is not the time to give up on our commitment to friends and family in senior living communities. Whether it’s online, on the phone, or in a letter, now is the time for all of us to come together, even if we can’t meet up in person. At Summerset Senior Living, we’re doing everything we can to keep our residents, our staff, and their loved ones safe while still maintaining the connections that bring us comfort in difficult times. Stay safe and find new ways to show your loved ones how much they mean to you.