If you’re living alone and looking to connect with those you care about during the COVID-19 pandemic, try these simple ways to stay in touch and connect with the people you care about.
Stay in Touch — Schedule a Regular Phone Call
Need a mental health boost? Checking in regularly with family and friends can help. A scheduled phone call with people you care about helps you stay connected while reducing the risk of spreading infection. Consider sharing your feelings with those you trust. Offer each other suggestions on how to cope with any stress or concerns you have.
If hearing loss is preventing you from picking up a phone, consider a CapTel® Captioned Telephone that shows written captions of everything your caller says!
Offer to Deliver Groceries, Medicines, and Other Supplies
If you are able and feel safe, offering to shop for someone else can help ease any anxiety they may be experiencing about leaving their home to run errands – and it can feel good to help someone else! Consider delivering groceries, medicines, and other supplies they need right to their door to reduce the risk of virus exposure.
Send Notes and Care Packages
A handwritten note, card, or little art project sent in the mail or delivered to the door is another great way to stay in touch and show appreciation for the people in your life. You may also want to consider sending a care package of your favorite products, games, or puzzles that you think they’ll enjoy. You never know what you may get in return!
Maintain Good Hygiene and Social Distancing
Continue to follow best practices for your health. Wash your hands frequently, keep high-touch objects and surfaces clean, and practice social distancing when around others. If you or someone else will be visiting with others in person, be sure to wear a mask, maintain at least six feet of distance, and avoid physical contact (like hugs and handshakes).
Stay Connected with Technology
Throughout the pandemic, many have turned to technology to stay connected and socialize with friends and family. If you are not familiar with digital tools like social media, email, and video calling, you may appreciate learning how to use these technologies. Reach out to someone you know, or search the Internet for simple beginner tips to ease into these tools that can help you stay connected. You may also want to sign up for a free account on YouTube.com. You can search for helpful videos on how to do just about anything technology-related.
Share the Latest News and Health Recommendations
It’s not always easy to stay up-to-date on accurate health recommendations and information related to COVID-19. Consider becoming a helpful source of truthful and relevant information for the important people in your life. Stay updated on any regulations in your local community and additional recommendations for staying safe.