If your loved one is a resident of an assisted living facility, you may not be able to visit them as much as you'd like. The current pandemic has caused a disruption in visits. In fact, most assisted living facilities have closed their doors to visitors. That doesn't mean there's no way to keep in contact with your loved one. Here are four steps you can take to stay in contact with your loved one during the pandemic.
Schedule Video Visits
Now that you can't enjoy personal visits with your loved one, use your computer to stay in contact. Video visits are a great way to spend quality time with your loved one. Not only that, but you can arrange for family group chats. Connecting multiple devices can allow your loved one to visit with the entire family at one time. Best of all, there's no need to worry about spreading the disease or violating social distancing protocols.
Chat Through the Window
If you can't go inside the assisted living facility to visit your loved one, stay outside. If your loved one has a private room with window access, bring some chairs and sit outside. Your loved one can remain within the safety of their room while you visit over the phone. If your loved one doesn't have their own room, visit through another window in the facility. That way, you and your loved one can maintain face-to-face visits throughout the crisis.
Sign Up for Gift Delivery Service
If you're worried that your loved one won't have access to the treats that you bring on a weekly basis, don't be. There are gift services that will deliver weekly care packages to your loved one. These services will deliver everything from snacks to personal hygiene items.
Maintain Communication With Staff
If you're unable to check in on your loved one during the current health crisis, talk to the staff. Get in the habit of making daily or weekly calls to the onsite staff. This will allow you to track your loved one's well-being while you're unable to visit. This is also a good way of identifying any immediate needs your loved one may have.
If your loved one lives in an assisted living facility, you don't have to lose contact during the lockdown. Don't let the current health crisis keep you from maintaining contact with your loved one. For more information, contact assisted living services.