Here are a few ways in which everyone can help the senior members of their family or community.
Please do make sure that you are observing all social distancing rules for the country that you are in. Protecting our senior population is of utmost importance. We hope some of these ideas will help you find ways to make isolation a little more interesting.
Find different ways to communicate with each other. This could be sending handwritten letters, handmade cards, emails, video calls or even just a text. Schedule time each week to have a chat and to give some structure to their week. You could get the whole family involved, organise a pub quiz or a virtual murder mystery night for the whole family via Skype or Zoom.
For more information on getting online for seniors do visit our previous blog.
This could be popping to the shops or picking up prescriptions and leaving them on their doorstep. If you aren’t in a position to do this, offer to organise their online shopping for them, this can be quite daunting for a senior person that has not done this type of thing before.
Check out local farm shops, bakeries and cafes as many are offering fruit and veg boxes and other essentials delivered to the door, this helps the local economy and small businesses.
Get Creative together
Try cooking new things together via Skype, or do a virtual ‘bake off’ competition with the whole family. Learn a new dance online together and get the grandchildren involved. Take part in an online art class together and show each other the results.
Send a gift
There are lots of different gift ideas from small businesses that you can send to someone in isolation. For a completely contact-free gift, send an ebook, or a voucher to stream new movies.
Lots of online stationery companies such as ‘Oh Squirrel’ are offering free personalisation so they can send cards directly to the recipient.
During this difficult time, it is important to show that we are thinking about those in isolation. Now that we are home more and able to spend a little more time connecting with people, take some time each week to check in on your nearest and dearest.