While the CDC does recommend that everyone should stay six feet apart due to the COVID-19 pandemic, distancing yourself completely can have harmful mental effects on you or your elderly loved ones. Here are some great tips on how to get some social interaction while social distancing.

Calling

Calling is a great option to get in touch with your friends or family. The most comforting thing to the people closest to you can be your voice, especially in these times where anxiety seems to be at an all-time high. Five minutes a day can improve your loved ones’ social interaction and give them something to look forward to.

Video calling is another great option, as you can see and hear the individual you are speaking with, although not everyone has this function available to them. Extend a helping hand by coaching your loved one through setting up video conferencing applications such as Zoom or Skype.

Social Media

Keeping in touch through social media may feel like it pales in comparison to speaking to someone directly, but even messaging them through platforms such as Facebook can make your loved one feel supported. Right now, they are struggling to find things to do, and many are turning to social media to stay engaged and provide entertainment.

Letters

Let’s face it, letter writing is a thing of the past. Most people either call, text or email now. However writing a letter has a personal touch that no other form of communication can match and is a great way to show a loved one, especially a senior that you are thinking of him or her.

Whatever way you are able to keep in touch with your family, please make sure you are being safe by following CDC guidelines such as proper handwashing and sanitizing any surfaces you are working with, including your cellphone.

Don’t hesitate to contact the home health care experts at Collier Home Care if you have any questions.