One of the main reasons residents move to assisted living is to get more socialization and to ensure they are not isolated or feel lonely. Studies have shown the positive effects of socialization for seniors which includes improved mental health, physical health, and better nutrition. Unfortunately, the inability to socialize has been one of the biggest obstacles COVID-19 has presented us with during these interesting times. It is also why Surpass Senior Living believes it is of the utmost importance to maintain regular visitation even if it is a bit different than before.
Below are a few ways Surpass Senior Living has enabled our residents to keep a close connection with their families.
1. Outdoor Patio Visits with Social Distancing
Patio visits are a great way to see your loved ones and enjoy some fresh air. CDC Guidelines are still in effect, so put on a mask and maintain a distance of 6 feet.
2. Window Visits
If you’re unsure about visiting in person, many family members have taken to window visits as another option. It’s not face to face, but you can still see them up close and in person. You can talk over the phone and bring some fun items like signs to show them.
3. Video Chat
We live in a day and age where technology is widespread and accessible, and our communities are no different. We have set up a video chat service at each of our communities where families can sign up for a time slot and talk with their loved one via a computer. This can be a great alternative if you can’t meet in person.
4. Drive-by Community Parade
Even though this won’t be face to face, it is a nice way to see your loved ones and put on a show for other residents. Parades can show that you’re thinking of them as well as provide a little excitement that they can talk about.
Despite the pandemic, we encourage you to visit your loved one in a manner that is safe for both of you. Please check with the community your family member resides in first to understand what options are currently available.