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Some seniors are really struggling with the strict social distancing measures for seniors. And they are not the only ones. The families and friends of these seniors are unhappy, too, that visitation has been restricted the past few months.

So, what can you do to raise the spirits of seniors in senior communities?

Call them.

Call them a lot. Even if you don’t have much that’s interesting to talk about. Call them at regular intervals, too, so they have something to look forward to.

Try to teach them how to use video conferencing, which is easy to use (and free) on a smartphone. It’s fun to be able to see someone while you’re talking.

Send a care package.

Even if you can’t visit your senior relatives yet, packages are getting delivered and couriers continue to operate as an essential service.

Just be sure to wash your hands well for handling what’s in the package, and to be safe, let the package sit for two to three days before mailing. Then you can be sure that you are not transmitting the coronavirus.

Include a good, uplifting book to read or some drawings that your kids made. Include some healthy snacks and a crossword puzzle. You can be creative and think of plenty of interesting or humorous things to include. It’s the thought that counts.

Have an outdoor visit

Many senior communities in British Columbia and Alberta will be starting shortly to allow outdoor visits, if they are not already in place. Go have a visit outside. Be sure to bring your mask with you, and wear it. Any kind of mask is better than nothing. 

Remember that you’re trying to protect the seniors from you, not the other way around. Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands before putting on the mask.

It doesn’t take much to raise the spirits of seniors that you know. Letting them know that you care and talking to them as much as possible will help immensely.

The Hamlets at Deer Park is an independent-living senior village in Red Deer, Alberta. With a warm and caring atmosphere based on tenets of Christianity, generous amenities, and a calendar full of activities, The Hamlets at Deer Park is the go-to independent-living community of central Alberta.

If you have any questions about this article or would like to talk to us about our community, please don’t hesitate to call us at (403) 309-6333.