Staying Connected During COVID-19

One of the most difficult things for many people during COVID-19 is not being able to see their loved ones. This is especially true for those with parents in retirement and assisted living communities. Staying connected has multiple health benefits and is more important now than ever.

Even if you can’t physically visit your loved ones, there are some things you can do to help stay connected.

Making use of technology is one of the easiest ways to stay connected while ensuring everybody’s safety. Phone, email, text, and video calls are all excellent ways to talk to your loved ones. Giving a quick call, checking in with a daily text, or scheduling a video call are all great examples.

Because so many people’s schedules are being disrupted, setting aside a specific time to chat each week may be helpful. Another thing many people have found helpful is to try and maintain their normal routines. So if you normally visit your parent on Saturday morning, plan on giving them a phone or video call at this time instead.

Many people are also using this time to learn a new skill or take up a new hobby. Invite friends, family, or other people in your community to virtually join you. Start a new hobby, create a book club, or other activity, and share it through an email chain or Facebook group. This can help you stay connected to your community.

Ensuring the safety of our loved ones should be priority number one during this time, and while it may feel like a time of separation there are things we can do to stay connected.

See our COVID-19 page for more information.