These past few weeks have been a difficult time for our nation. Our economy has slowed down, and our communities have been isolated. This new version of coronavirus has spread fear around the world. Due to the nature of this virus, seniors and individuals with pre-existing conditions have been isolated for weeks. Isolation can cause depression and lower an individual’s immune system. If you have a loved one living in a nursing home, help combat depression by brightening your loved one’s day with some goodies. Everyone loves a surprise goodie bag! You can even have friends and relatives’ chip in or offer ideas.
Here are a few examples of some great goodie options:
- New books
- Jigsaw puzzles
- Favorite snacks
- A new set of PJs’
- New plants
- A box filled with items for their favorite hobby
Remember, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is still recommending people not to visit nursing homes or assisted long term care facilities. Remember to call your loved one’s care facility before sending out a package so they can prepare for any deliveries.
Readers, if you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, call your nearest medical facility and seek care right away. If you have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or respiratory conditions, shelter in place and stay away from others or busy areas. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
OurSeniors.org is on a mission to reach out to isolated seniors in the local community. Help bring joy to their lives by donating or volunteering to visit a facility. A little mindfulness can go a long way. We hope you enjoy this winter season from our team at OurSeniors.org.