Celebrating Milestones During COVID

September 15, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our way of life. From wearing a mask in the grocery store to distancing ourselves from the public, we’ve picked up new habits that will likely continue for the foreseeable future. For the elderly population, life has changed even more. Many seniors already struggle with isolation, and the pandemic has exacerbated that struggle. In fact, a recent study done by The Lancet found that social disconnection puts older adults at greater risk of depression and anxiety. (Source)

We want to keep our elderly loved ones safe, but also want them to know that we are still with them — even when we can’t be physically present. In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about celebrating milestones in a COVID-friendly way. Whether a birthday or a clean bill of health from the doctor, how can we let our loved ones know we’re thinking of them?

Here’s a list of ways to show your socially-distant love.

Give Them a Call on FaceTime

Seeing a familiar face in a time of social distancing can do so much good for the soul — both for our senior loved ones AND for us. For more information about our visitation access and virtual visits, please click here to learn more!

Commission a Piece of Art from a Grandchild

We don’t need to tell you how much grandparents love their grandchildren, and this gift does double-duty because it lets them know the whole family is thinking about them. Plus, it’s free! Ask your little artist to imagine what Grandma or Grandpa looked like as a child and draw it. What’s their favorite activity to do together? What’s Grandma or Grandpa’s favorite musician or type of music? Giving them a prompt that’s about time spent together will make the gift even more special.

Drop Off Some Flowers

Does your loved one have a favorite flower? Are you growing a flower or herb in your garden that you think they would love? Whatever your plant of choice, our residents love getting a little dose of nature in their rooms. Write out what you’re dropping off and why it made you think of them. Did your mom carry Peonies in her wedding bouquet? Does your dad love to eat fresh basil with his tomatoes? Letting them know that you were thinking of them is the most important part of this gift.

While visitors are still restricted for safety reasons, we’ll happily accept packages at the door.

Cook Them Their Favorite Meal

Even better — cook a serving for yourself too, then enjoy it together over FaceTime! While visitors are still not allowed in unless medically necessary, you can still enjoy a meal with your loved one through the beauty of technology. Cook up a meal, put a portion in a to-go container, drop it at our door, and schedule a FaceTime call with our office so that you can enjoy it together. Oh, and don’t forget the candles if it’s a birthday you’re celebrating!

Meal ideas:

  • Their favorite childhood meal
  • A dish from an exotic destination they’ve always dreamed of
  • A dish from your favorite vacation together
  • A sweet treat from their favorite bakery in their hometown

Start Working on a Virtual Scrapbook

If there are things you’ve always wondered about your loved ones, now is the time to ask! Record their responses so that you can archive them for future generations.

A few places to start:

  • Did they serve in the military? Which branch? Where were they stationed?
  • What was their first job? First car? First concert?
  • How did they meet their spouse?

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We know these ideas won’t substitute for the power of a good hug, but they will hopefully serve as simple ways to let your senior loved ones know you’re thinking about them. Small gestures can make a big impact!

If you’d like to know more about creative ways we’re safely connecting our residents with their loved ones, you can reach out to our individual communities. Their information can be found here.