Communication is a part of nearly every aspect of our daily lives. From building trust with your friends, family and neighbors to efficiently telling the woman at the bakery what kind of bread you want –communication is essential to living a normal, balanced lifestyle. When you are a good communicator, you know how to listen attentively, offer empathy and keep an open mind.
With the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic ramping up through the winter season, you may be wondering how to stay connected with your loved ones without putting yourself at risk of exposure to the virus. Luckily, there are a variety of ways you can stay in touch with your family members without even having to leave the comfort of your home.
5 Ways to Stay Connected During COVID-19
Just because you can’t do your usual activities doesn’t mean you still can’t socialize with family and friends. Here are five ways you can safely connect with your loved ones during COVID-19:
Call Your Loved Ones Regularly.
This might be the simplest way to stay in touch with your friends and family members. Pick up the phone and call someone, whether it’s your grandkids, a family member or an old friend. Your simple phone call might make the other person’s day and help both of you avoid feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Use FaceTime or Skype for Video Calls.
Both FaceTime and Skype are great ways to virtually visit with loved ones. These apps allow you to host video chats with your loved ones, both individually and in group settings. This opens the door for you and your loved ones to host events like virtual movie nights and dinners. At Holly Hall, we provide you with assistance on using these different forms of technology to ensure you are able to stay connected with your loved ones.
Exercise Virtually Together.
Spending so much time at home probably means you aren’t able to get out and exercise as frequently as you should. A great way to solve this problem is to exercise virtually, by following a free online workout video from the comfort of your own home. To make this even more enjoyable, have a friend join you virtually from their home and the two of you can exercise together.
Join an Interactive Online Discussion.
More time spent at home means more time spent reading your favorite books. You can join an online book club and invite your friends and family to do the same. This is exactly what Holly Hall’s residents are doing, using Zoom to continue their book club meetings! An online book club allows you to interact in real-time with others who share the same interests as you and allows for some safe social activity to mix up your normal weekly routine.
Connect with ViewClix and CATIE.
At Holly Hall, we have both of these systems available for residents to use to remain connected to loved ones. ViewClix allows loved ones to have video calls with residents on-demand in a very easy way that doesn’t require residents to have any experience with technology. Family members can also upload photos to the device at any time, which doubles as a digital photo frame when not in use. Every Independent Living resident also has a CATIE iPad in their unit that allows them to order meals, submit maintenance requests, sign up for activities, and communicate with loved ones through audio and text emails. Residents will also very soon be able to video chat through the device. Since CATIE is designed for seniors, all of these tasks are simple and easy to learn and do.
Holly Hall Provides a Safe Environment for Seniors During COVID-19
The safety and wellbeing of all residents is our number one priority at Holly Hall. That’s why we’re taking necessary precautions to keep our community safe. This includes restricting campus visits and helping residents stay connected with remote and virtual family visits through FaceTime and Skype.
We are also following CDC guidelines and cleaning common and high touch areas daily, permitting limited visits from vendors and making sure that all individuals are screened prior to entering the campus. You can view our full list of precautions here. Contact us today to learn more about our safety protocols and senior living options.