We are living in unusual times. The COVID-19 outbreak has complicated even the simplest activities. Whether shopping for groceries or gathering with friends, a certain level of risk to one’s health is now part of everyday living. Wearing masks and socially distancing certainly helps minimize the risk, but they don’t completely eliminate the potential for exposure.

Healthcare experts advise that the sick and elderly among us are most susceptible to the virus and its health consequences. This puts many families into a bit of a dilemma. Do they risk visiting a senior family member, possibly exposing them to the virus and attendant consequences? If not, how can they continue to support and maintain a connection with their loved ones?

It’s a difficult situation for all involved. Isolation itself can be a health hazard. If you’ve found yourself in these circumstances, here are a few ideas to help you stay connected with a loved one while maintaining a safe social distance:

  • Window Visits – It may seem silly, but a face-to-face conversation through a glass window can be a great option when you wish to see your loved one in person. You can share children’s art, and even a fun performance through the window!
  • Video Calls – Although it’s not the same as a face-to-face conversation, a video chat is almost the next best thing. Seeing someone on the screen from afar is still a powerful way to promote feelings of closeness. Apple FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, Google Duo, or Zoom are all user-friendly applications to consider using.
  • Phone Calls – Checking in by phone is a communication must. Hearing a friendly voice can bring great comfort to both you and your senior family member.
  • Mail Letters – An old-fashioned letter will bring a smile to your loved one’s face, providing a moment of delight and nostalgic connection.

At Senior Safe and Sound, we’re mindful of the challenging circumstances we are all experiencing. If you need further support or ideas on this topic, feel free to reach out to us. You can email at info@SeniorSafeAndSound.org or call 858-480-7551. Stay safe and healthy!

This information is intended to inform the public at large about this important issue. It is not intended to serve as legal or medical advice.