Although you may not be able to visit and spend quality time with your elderly loved ones, you can still stay in touch.
Communicate verbally with your loved one and by video call, if possible.
The simplest thing to do is, of course, to use the phone and check in routinely. Think about how you can participate in mutual activities. If you find the conversation struggling a bit, play a game of trivia, work on a crossword puzzle together, sing songs, read poetry or other materials. Watch a TV show at the same time and discuss. For those who are more technologically advanced, consider a video call via various platforms such as FaceTime, Messenger, Skype, Facebook, Zoom, etc. Ask the facility if they can make available and facilitate a video call or at least a phone call.
Give your elderly loved one a pleasant surprise by mailing letters. Let them know you are thinking of them and that they are dear to you. Remember to not limit yourself to just a written letter. Receiving pressed flowers, burned CDs, printed photos, or even a grandchild’s art project can be a wonderful gift to open.
Although it can be tricky at times, there are plenty of ways to help elderly people stay connected and not fall prey to feelings of loneliness and social isolation.