America’s response to Covid19 includes new practices to avoid the spread of the novel Coronavirus. The most popular strategy is that of physical distancing, also known as social distancing. Nursing homes have been hugely impacted and have taken measures to protect residents and patients by only allowing healthcare workers on the premises and isolating residents from one another. Seniors are more susceptible to severe symptoms, even death, from this virus and it is vital for their safety to take these measures. Unfortunately, this isolation practice leads to increased loneliness and anxiety.
So how can you stay connected to senior loved ones whether in a nursing home or self-quarantined in private residences?
- Call regularly to check in and have upbeat, positive conversations. Allow them to express concerns over what they may see in the media and provide factual information and reassurances.
- Use video calls if possible like FaceTime or Skype.
- Help them set up and use online, interactive classes, religious services and/or social networks to keep them entertained and socially engaged.
- Send them craft kits, puzzles, reading materials or other items of interest to help combat boredom.
At Stouffer Legal, we hope that you and your senior loved ones avoid the dangers of Covid19 and all other negative impacts, financial and otherwise, that could possibly result from this pandemic. This situation is a painful reminder of the importance of long-term care planning and incapacity planning (including Advance Directives). For assistance with these types of legal planning, please contact us at 443-470-3599.