We had the privilege to talk with some of our residents about their thoughts and reflections on 2020. They offered us words of hope and wisdom as we enter 2021 and slowly move away from the shadow of one of the toughest years in recent memory.
Amid one of the most challenging years we’ve faced in recent memory, we decided to get funky with our residents for our #wecarewewear MaskUp challenge!
Once the video camera came out, our residents put on their dancing shoes! We all had some fun being creative and re-dubbing a previously re-dubbed song; the result was Virus Virus Baby.
They say challenging times bring out the best in people. Anyone who has tried to buy toilet paper recently may disagree with that statement. In a broader sense, however, we see evidence this is true. Neighors are reaching out on Nextdoor social media offering to purchase groceries and run errands for older neighbors; teachers are providing nonperishable food to low income students while schools are closed, and most importantly, the majority of Americans are following guidelines for social distancing.
Nevertheless, social isolation can bring problems of its own. If you have a family member living in a nursing care, assisted living or memory support community you may especially be feeling that isolation. Fortunately, readily available technology can aide in alleviating some of the loneliness and anxiety about your loved one while helping to build community at the same time.
There are multiple free or very low cost ways to connect with loved ones through technology. The most obvious and lowest tech one is the phone. A daily phone call can not only make your family member feel important, but it is a good way to check up on their mental wellbeing.