How to Support Elderly Family Members During COVID

It can be tough going without a hug from grandma or grandpa during the holidays, but no one wants their loved ones to be put at risk. The good news is that you’re not alone as we’re all missing the closer connections these days. Luckily, there are many things you can do to show your elderly loved one you care without having to show up on their doorstep. Here are just a few ways to stay connected and spread the love even though we’re far apart.

Social Distance, But Don’t Isolate

These lockdown orders are serious and in effect for the safety of everyone. But too much isolation is never a good thing. Especially for elderly citizens, mental health is something to pay close attention to during this time. It’s easy to feel a little blue when left alone for too long, especially in retirement years. Encourage your loved one to reach out. They can phone a friend, host a family video call, or have a virtual discussion with a therapist (if needed). There are a thousand ways to stay in touch that don’t involve being in the same room.

Encouragement Through Technology

Technology is tricky for anyone to learn, especially at an older age. Give your grandparents a hand by teaching them how to conduct a Facetime call or use delivery applications like DoorDash. Sometimes the greatest gift is the knowledge that makes one’s life easier. In addition, take time out of your busy day in Zoom meetings to Zoom chat with grandma. Seeing your face will make all the difference, and it’s the next best thing when you can’t be there directly.

Use Alternate Means of Communication

Technology’s great, but nothing beats a well thought out, homemade or handcrafted gift. Write your elderly loved ones a letter or draw them a picture. Send a personalized gift basket. Even groceries are a great way to show love! A phone call is nice, but there’s something personal you bring to the table that technology lacks. Don’t be afraid to get creative when sending a meaningful message!

It’s a lonely time right now, but that doesn’t mean anyone has to be alone. Especially those we love and our elderly family members. With all that we have at our disposal, there’s no excuse not to reach out. If you need a little more help supporting grandma, our companions are ready and available to help with whatever it is you need. Give us a call or shoot us an email at Hero Senior Care. We’re here for you, but don’t be wary about doing whatever you can in whatever creative way to show your loved ones how much you care.

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