There’s a Resurgence
The number of COVID-19 cases in Florida is higher than ever! If you have a loved one living in a long-term care facility, it will be a while before you can visit them in-person. Though a barrier and a pandemic are between you, there are still plenty of ways to connect. Brighten your loved one’s day by showing effort and searching for creative ways to connect.
Below are a few suggestions to help you get your creative juices flowing:
- Create a physical or virtual photobook to update your loved one the family’s recent activities (click here to create a free photobook).
- Schedule a window visit by setting up a time with the facility, where you will “meet” and stand outside the facility’s window while your loved one stands/sits safely on the other side of that window).
- Send handwritten cards through the mail from everyone in your family (click here for a short example).
- Chat through apps like Facebook Messenger, House Party, or Zoom.
- Drop off a care-package (include items like a Netflix/Amazon/Disney+ movie subscription, personal hygiene items, or books/magazines).
- Call them regularly or even set up a chain call (a call with a group of family members all on the same line).
These are only a few of the countless things you can try to keep an active connection between you and your loved one. Remember, physical restrictions should be strictly enforced to save hundreds of seniors’ lives, but do not forget about your senior! Continue practicing social distancing and remain emotionally close to the people you love. Take care.
Readers, if you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, call your nearest medical facility and seek care immediately. 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.