Connecting with a Loved One in a Senior Living Community During COVID-19
In a world of social distancing, self-quarantine, and no visitors allowed, you may find yourself asking what you can do to connect with a loved one living in a senior living community.
Here are a few ways to connect with your loved one through this time.
Provide Entertainment Options
- Find their favorite book, show or movie, and have it delivered
- Send new puzzles or create your own puzzles using a company like Shutterfly
- Create crossword puzzles with clues for their favorite things, family memories, or even subjects like geography or science
- Send craft or art supplies picked out your family, or use a subscription service like KnitCrate
Send a Special Surprise
- Set them up with a monthly surprise, like one of these subscription boxes
- Send card well wishes from family
- Send them a journal
Be Creative in Keeping the Lines of Communication Open
- Use Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime for a digital, face-to-face conversation
- Send your loved one video messages
- Arrange a "window" meeting or, if possible, a socially distanced balcony chat
An Allegro Fleming Island resident enjoys a window visit with family.
Continue the Celebrations
- Deliver a cake or special treats from their favorite bakery
- Organize a birthday car parade
- Make poster board signs or leave sidewalk chalk birthday wishes
As always, please contact your loved one's senior living community directly for assistance or specific guidelines on deliveries, communications, and celebrations.