With social distancing regulations in place, we understand this may be a difficult change in routine for many caregivers who are used to checking up on their loved ones regularly. We have put together a series of tips that may be helpful if you are someone caring for a relative from afar. Here’s what you can do:
- Increase Communication. Now is the time to call or video chat with your loved ones more often, especially as in person visits may be limited and feelings of social isolation set in. If you have the time on hands to check in more often with your loved ones, make sure to do so! Be sure to ask the basic questions about what they may need or how they are feeling, as well as keep them informed about new information and safety measures.
- Opt for Online Ordering and Delivery. Many grocery stores have delivery programs available to make it easy to get food without leaving the house, such as Instacart, Peapod, and others. If your loved ones are in need of other supplies or items, a majority of stores also have online shopping options for anything they may need. Getting items delivered straight to their home is convenient and safer than going to a retail location. And if your loved one is a resident of Danbury, CT they may be eligible for a new food delivery program through Connecticut Community Care. Read more here.
- Connect them with Virtual Activities. We have seen an exponential increase in online options for countless activities: book clubs, fitness classes, theater performances, and even church video streaming. There are endless options to keep our loved ones connected as long as they have Internet at home and a computer, tablet, or smartphone, most individuals should be able to access free online activities of their choice. Take a look at our events calendar for virtual activity options!
- Reschedule Routine Appointments. While going for routine appointments is important for older adults, we also know that during this time of COVID-19 it may be unsafe to do so. Instead, help your loved one reschedule their appointments for a later date and advise them to stay home for the time being.
- Take Advantage of Snail Mail. As we are all sitting at home, small gestures can make a big difference. Surprise your loved one with a small package or handwritten letter in the mail to brighten their day! You can even go a step further to add printed photos or a grandchild’s art project that they will surely appreciate.