Checking In On Loved Ones While Social Distancing
All over the world, people are making the tough decision to stay at home to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. For many people, staying at home has for weeks on end has its difficulties, but at least it’s manageable. But for others, especially older people, staying at home will be especially difficult.
So how can you support your family during this time? Even if you can’t be with them, there are still things you can do to help them.
Here are some tips for checking in on loved ones while social distancing.
Call them regularly
Loneliness can be a significant issue for older people, who could be feeling the effects even more during social distancing because they’re no longer getting visits from relatives and friends. A regular phone call can help them stay connected, and gives you the chance to check-in and see how they’re doing too.
People are vulnerable at this time. Be sure to call your relatives to make sure they’re not in the 2.6 percent of seniors who suffer abuse in care homes. If you can, get them involved in video calling – they’ll love being able to see familiar faces and connecting on a more personal level, and you’ll be able to see how they’re doing too.
Take them some groceries/cooked meals
At this time, older people, in particular, are being advised to stay at home, which can make it difficult for them to get their essentials. If you can, take them some groceries each week and make sure they have plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables to keep them healthy. Another thing you can do is cook them some meals that they can heat up, ensuring that they’re enjoying something wholesome and nutritional. You can find excellent make-and-take recipes that will be easy to deliver to those you love.
Help them find fun things to do
Being stuck indoors can be boring day after day. Why not help your loved ones find some fun things to do to help keep them occupied? You could get them a Netflix subscription as well as introduce them to some online games. Puzzles are having something of a resurgence at the moment, so having some puzzles delivered could also help to keep them occupied.
Staying fit is also important at this time, so why not show them some online workouts for seniors that they can do to help the stay strong and healthy?
It’s a worrying time right now, and while you’ll be worried about your own health, the worry you’ll feel for your relatives can also affect your situation. The good news is that there are still things you can do to keep your relatives safe and healthy, as well as make plans for when all of this is over. As well as providing your family with health advice, make sure you follow it too. There’s health advice that applies to all lifestyles, so take care of yourself and those around you at this difficult time.