Helping your senior avoid social isolation may have been one of the primary reasons you decided to consider assisted living. So, how do you help your elderly relatives find connection and stay in touch with family members when social distancing is what’s best for everyone’s health? At PeachTree Place Assisted Living, we’ve put together 10 social distancing activities to keep our residents and their family members safe, busy, and socially connected.
- Family Visits Through Video Calls
- Online Games With Family
- Movie Watch Parties
- Sharing Crafts On Social Networks
- Hallway Bingo
- Doorway Dance Parties
- Spring Strolls Outdoors
- Online Classes
- Seasonal Recipe Swaps
- Virtual Book Clubs
Video Visits For A More Face-To-Face Connection
Phone calls brighten anyone’s day, but there’s nothing like seeing the people you care about the most. When visits are out of the question, video calls may be your next best bet. You may even find yourself sharing stories and smiles more often since you can choose times convenient for everywhere, skip the commute, and include family members who live out of state.
Everyone Can Be A Part Of The Party
You don’t have to miss your monthly movie night with grandpa. Many video streaming services now include a video watch party functionality. Groups can watch the same movie simultaneously. Depending on the service you choose, you may be able to chat right on the screen next to the video you are watching. If not, it’s easy to set up a video chat with the whole family and watch along. Best of all, nobody hogs the popcorn.
A Little More Fun In The Fresh Air
If your senior is feeling a little shut-in these days, take advantage of days with good weather. Take a socially distanced stroll out and about in nature. Space out some chairs on the lawn for s little bit of bingo or stretch together for chair yoga under the sun.
Share A Talent, Recipe, Or Your Latest Reads
Social media is another great social distancing tool for seniors. Have grandma share her new spring wreath or favorite Easter recipes. Take an online scrapbooking class together. Join an online book club.
Whether you’re comparing pictures of projects, asking mom for tips on how to get the Easter ham just right, or comparing notes on the latest New York Times best-seller, there are plenty of ways to connect, even during COVID-19.
An Assisted Living Community That Cares
At PeachTree Place Assisted Living near Ogden, UT, we offer everything from church services to libraries to outdoor activities to our senior apartment residents. Caregivers never have to worry about their seniors having nothing to do. If you’re interested in moving your loved one into a community that cares, schedule a tour with us today.