Is your elderly loved one feeling alone during the stay-at-home order that was given to slow down the spread of COVID-19? If so, there are ways to make sure they are still socializing. If you follow the tips below to help your elderly loved one socialize, this could help to prevent them from getting depressed during this time.
Make Phone Calls or Send Text Messages
Two of the ways that your elderly loved one can stay socialized during the stay-at-home order are to make phone calls or send text messages to their loved ones and friends. It might be helpful to make sure you are calling your elderly loved one at least once every other day to assure they don’t get lonely.
Using Social Media
There are many social media platforms that your elderly loved one could use to stay in touch with family members and friends. Facebook is one of the best options. With Facebook, your elderly loved one can even use the video call option. This will allow them to see their family members and friends. It may help them to feel more connected than just having a phone call with a loved one or a friend.
Mail Things to Each Other
Since your elderly loved one can’t have visitors besides their essential caregivers, it may help them out if you mail things to each other. You can mail handwritten letters or gifts during the stay-at-home order. This will let your elderly loved one know that you are still thinking of them. You can even send your elderly loved one some envelopes and stamps, so they are ready to mail letters back to you.
Play Online Games Together
There are many games that can be played online together. You can let your elderly loved one know what game you plan to play and see if they want to join in. Some of these games are on Facebook such as Words with Friends. Find games that your elderly loved one would enjoy playing. Ask them what they would like and get the game started.
These are some of the best ways to keep your elderly loved one socialized during the stay-at-home order. While there is no guaranteeing how long the stay-at-home order will last, if you are at least keeping your elderly loved one socializing during this time, it can help them to feel less lonely and happier, as well.