As we all are distancing ourselves, staying connected to each other can become more challenging. Below are creative ideas and practices for staying connected during this time of isolation.
- Send hand-written letters and cards.
- Use technology, such as video conferencing (Skype, FaceTime), Facebook, text messages, or email.
- “Visit” with friends and family through a window or glass door.
- Brainstorm ideas for maintaining regular activities while isolating like playing bingo by using call lights, conducting an exercise class via video chat, or playing individual games like bowling in the hallway.
- Think of creative ways to bring entertainers into the facility such as asking local musicians, magicians, or talented family members to perform outdoors, use the intercom system, or use video chat to perform.
- Use this time to watch your favorite movie, discover a new book, listen to an audio book, read a magazine, or work on an art project.
- Use free online resources to access opera and symphony performances; visit world-famous museums or libraries virtually; take a virtual walk through museums or watch webcams of sights like the zoo or the International Space Station.
Source: National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care