With everything that is going on at the moment loneliness can be a real life threat, that is why we at Renew Senior have things in place to fight loneliness in our residents.
We are leaning on tech and community to keep our residents entertained and safe during these times. Here are a few things you could do to help.
Tap into your local meals on wheel service. This is a good way to make sure they are eating well and remembering to eat when their normal weekly routine may have changed due to Coronavirus. Meals on wheels offers a reliable and healthy meal plan that can keep them fueled on good food rather than just trying to MacGyver something out of what is in the cupboards.
Taken advantage of the elderly shopping times at your local supermarkets. Most chains now have a seniors only time slot where you can go in and shop with your elderly loved ones without the rush or push of a wildly busy supermarket filled with the general public.
Social Distancing During Coronavirus
We understand that during this time you want to check in with your loved ones. Its at times like this that family means the world to us all and we may even be a little scared for their well being. However, social distancing is in place for a reason.
The elderly are at higher risk during Coronavirus due to how an older immune system may react to the condition. Many senior members of our community will have underlying health conditions and this can exasperate the effects of the virus and put that at risk. This is why we advice adhering to social distancing rules to keep them safe from you.
This doesn’t mean you have to complete cut off from your loved ones. Technology is a great way to keep those bonds and still see your loved ones while keeping them safe. Facetime them on your smartphone or call them on a webcam with something like skype.
As great as technology can be these days, there really is something special about a letter.
This is your chance to write them something personal that they can lay their hands on and experience over and over. Its a great physical reminder that they have not been forgotten.
It can also be a good way to keep everyone busy as they write letter to each other. Maybe even share your pictures from the grand children and make it an activity for the whole family to enjoy. This could be a good way to add more communication between the family, maybe even share stories you’ve never had the chance to hear before.