Social distancing requires us to keep our distance from others to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Over time, not seeing friends and family who you used to see regularly can feel isolating and even depressing. This can be more extreme for individuals who live alone, cannot leave their home, recently experienced a major loss or change, or lack a sense of purpose. Finding ways to socialize with others while we stay at home, can improve mood and overall wellbeing. As a provider of home health care in Gurnee, Illinois, we encourage individuals to stay connected with family and friends while social distancing.
Here are some suggestions to stay connected:
- Scheduled Phone Calls
Consider having phone calls with certain people on specific days at times that work for both parties. This allows for a check-in and gives you and your loved one something to look forward to.
- Video Chat
There are many apps for computers, smartphones, or tablets for video chatting. Check out Zoom, Sype, or Marco Polo which are simple to download and use on a smartphone or tablet. Older seniors might have trouble installing or using these apps initially, so be patient with older loved ones. Everything becomes easier once we do it a few times and the connection will be worth the initial effort.
- Send Traditional Mail
In an age of video and email, it’s easy to forget or overlook the value of a handwritten letter or a package of personally selected treats. Doesn’t everyone light up when they receive something unexpected and personal in the mail? Whether it’s a simple postcard or a hefty care package, consider sending something to those you love who might be feeling alone right now.
Reach out to friends and family to stay connected so you and your loved ones avoid feelings of isolation. Be sure to check in on older adults in your life so that they don’t feel so alone. If you were caring for or visiting an older loved one, but are not due to social distancing, consider in-home care where a professional caregiver can help your loved one safely. For more information, call us at Dimensions Home Health Care. We offer a wide range of home health care solutions including: home nursing, companion care, and dementia care in Illinois.