There is no mistaking that COVID-19 has changed the way we live our lives, especially our social lives. Certain products for your elderly loved ones can help turn the trend around. With safe distancing measures in place, it has become difficult to keep our distance from friends and family. Some demographics are at higher risk of catching COVID-19, and so it is justified to isolate certain groups of people. But this leaves them separated from the people they love and those who love them back and can lead to serious boredom. Many social support systems have been left in shambles, and while it is easy for the youths among us to take to technologies like Zoom like fish to water, certain other groups are left out of the picture. Here’s how we can help them.
There are a great many technologies out there that enable us to communicate with one another over safe-distancing measures. Cellphones, laptops, tablets, all these enable us to contact one another, be it through telecommunications or applications like zoom and skype. But more than to communicate, these devices can be used for entertainment while trapped at home. An antiseptic compared to the ability to socialize and connect with others, but a helpful interim solution to alleviate boredom. Another device you can consider is a smart speaker, such as Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Home. Smart speakers truly make lives easier for your loved ones. All they need to do is call out ‘Alexa’, and then a command, after which the speaker will carry it out. If it’s to switch channels or listen to classical music, a smart speaker can do it.
Modifications for Your Home
These are technically still pieces of modern technology, but they fit specifically under the category of home modification. Medical alert systems can be installed at home to ensure your loved ones are safe from falls and other illnesses, especially helpful if you are not able to visit your loved one due to Covid measures. Walk-in tubs can reduce the chances of fall-related injuries in the bathroom, a high risk while your loved one is trapped at home. Stairlifts and Hoyer lifts can both improve the mobility of your loved ones, improving their quality of life.
Practical and Social Support
You can teach your loved ones how to use communications technology like Zoom and Skype, and you can also purchase care packages for them. You can order books, nutritional supplements even jigsaw puzzles to their doorstep. By providing them entertainment and giving them tangible proof that you care, you are helping them in ways money cannot provide alone.
At TerraBella Lake Norman, we are committed to engaging you and your loved ones through active independent living. Contact us if you are interested to inquire about our services and what living in one of our communities is like.