The COVID-19 pandemic has made everyone feel the pains of social isolation; but many seniors are suffering from it even more. Many elderly individuals have had to isolate themselves even further, for fear of this virus. This article will explore ways that can help reduce the feelings of social isolation, in and out of the pandemic.
Combat Social Isolation with Window Visits
Visiting your loved ones from afar has become commonplace in coronavirus society. Many people have been getting their socialization from sitting outside of a loved one’s house, while they talk from the window or porch. Schedule a drive to grandma’s with the and let them visit from a safe distance.
Video calls from the computer or phone can make it easier for your elderly loved one to communicate with friends and family. This can be much harder for the less technologically knowledgeable elderly, but you can probably help them learn about Facetime, Zoom, Skype, or any of the other available programs while visiting by the window. If your loved one has a smartphone, it shouldn’t be too difficult to help them discover video chatting.
Virtual Book Clubs During Social Isolation
Book clubs with your loved ones can be a fun way to get them to interact with others from a distance. Reading can be a great way to pass the time, and to give them something to focus on. Meeting online with friends and family to discuss books can be a great way for your loved one to combat social isolation.
Home Health Aides
A home health aide can help your loved one with daily tasks around the house, and can provide companionship. Safe Harbor Healthcare Services is ensuring that all of our aides are following safety protocols to ensure the safety and well being of those we care for during the global health crisis. We are closely monitoring information as it comes out from vital medical sources, such as WHO and the CDC; and are making sure that our home health aides are working in accordance with these safety regulations.
Safe Harbor Healthcare Services does not provide medical or healthcare advice via articles. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for medical advice.
Safe Harbor Healthcare Services has been providing excellent home care on Staten Island since 1967. Our services help the elderly and disabled live safely and independently; while giving their families the peace of mind they need. For more information contact Safe Harbor by clicking here, or call us at (718)-979-6900.
SafeHarbor is working 24 hours to continue providing safe and quality home care services during COVID-19. Let us know if we can help you during these difficult times. Information regarding the novel coronavirus is changing daily. For more up-to-date information, check the CDC and WHO websites.