While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced stay-at-home mandates across the state, it is a challenge to stay connected to family and friends as we remain separated. For seniors, especially those in active senior living communities with visitor restrictions like Country Meadows, finding ways to connect with others can be particularly difficult. With the help of technology and some creative thinking, there are several easy ways for seniors to stay socially connected while safely social-distancing.
Writing letters and becoming a pen-pal
Although computers and smart phones make it easier than ever to reach out to others, the art of writing letters has seen a rise in popularity. Receiving mail has been considered somewhat of a luxury recently, and the anticipation of waiting for a letter from a loved one to arrive is both fun and something anyone can look forward to.
Seniors can take letter writing to a new level by utilizing one of several worldwide pen-pal programs that connect to a larger pen-pal community. Creating a new friend and rediscovering an old hobby, like writing letters, is a perfect way to pass the time from the comfort of home.
Video-chatting with friends and family
Visiting opportunities may be restricted across Pennsylvania retirement communities, but that doesn’t mean seeing friends and family isn’t possible. With the right tenchnology, anyone can video-chat with loved ones right from a cellphone, tablet or computer. Programs like FaceTime and Skype are great ways to check in with others and are very easy to use.
One way to creatively connect over video is to schedule a dinner date with grandchildren or other relatives so that families can feel like they are having a meal together. Many seniors have utilized these video chat options to read their grandchildren bedtime stories and to virtually attend birthday parties for family members.
Taking part in retirement community activities
Like all active senior living communities, Country Meadows offers a variety of recreational programs and activities for residents to enjoy on a regular basis. Although these programs are intended for entertainment and exercise, they are also a great opportunity for residents to connect and socialize with other seniors. Country Meadows has a dedicated a tv channel where residents can watch recreational classes, church services and other entertainment options. From group bingo to exercise routines, our team is working to ensure that all residents have access to the amenities that active senior living communities can offer, even if shelter in place mandates limit face-to-face interaction.
To learn more about our independent senior living facilities, we encourage you to visit our website. If you or a loved one are thinking about what senior living options may available to you, our campuses offer a variety of senior care services including memory support as well as senior personal care. Our compassionate staff is happy to answer any questions you may have, from learning the difference between assisted living and nursing home services, to the type of physical therapy options we provide. The community at Country Meadows is here to help you make the best senior living decision for you.