Hands of a senior being held as representation for Support Seniors topicCurrently, many elderly people undergoing senior therapy and rehabilitation cannot spend extensive time visiting with loved ones in person. The tragic COVID-19 epidemic restricts public access to some care facilities in Georgia. Concerns about the spread of infectious illness limit large gatherings in many other places, too.

However, families can still support their loved ones remotely. Today, people enjoy wonderful opportunities to share meaningful visits with one another even from a distance. Technology helps make this communication possible. Consider some of these great ways to express your love and affection for a patient in a long-term care facility:

One: Create a Family Video to Share With a Loved One

Patients around the world enjoy looking at brief videos created by loved ones. Since most mobile phones today include cameras, recording this type of message does not even require a lot of technical skill. Many seniors appreciate receiving quick videos showing loved ones, friends, pets, and daily activities. Try and provide a happy, upbeat message to help cheer your loved one! Seeing familiar faces and places often makes ailing patients feel more positive. Even if a patient suffers from some type of senior dementia, receiving this type of happy communication from home can help brighten the day. It usually proves helpful to check with the care facility management to determine the best way to share your video with a patient.

Two: Send Books on Tape to Loved Ones

Sometimes elderly people have difficulty reading due to eyestrain. Listening to their favorite reading materials on tape brings enjoyment to some seniors with restricted mobility. Consider ordering an audiobook to entertain your loved one.

Three: Volunteer to Assist Long Term Care Facilities

Sometimes participating in organized volunteer activities helps both loved ones and seniors. For example, sewing personal protective masks for people visiting a facility currently provides a great way to support seniors in care. Consider contacting a volunteer organization to obtain the best guidelines for participating in this type of effort. The CDC website currently provides directions for making several different types of homemade face masks. This undertaking holds value because it allows care facilities to reserve medical-grade protective masks for patients and direct care providers. The pandemic Novel Coronavirus has placed these supplies in high demand lately.