6 Ways to Support Independence At Home

(While Social Distancing)

During this difficult time, many elders are vulnerable, isolated, alone and likely afraid. Together we can keep them safe and encourage a sense of community, despite social distancing.

We have put together a list of activities that your clients can engage with to help them maintain their independence. Each activity supports a different area of independence: cognitive, physical, financial, emotional, social and purpose.


Mind Matters:
Puzzles, Reading and Art (Sketching, Adult Coloring Books)
Stay busy and away from the television, independently!


Independence Tip:
Warn Seniors of Current COVID-19 Scams, which have already started.



Dance Party:
Your favorite song in any location! Turn on the music and start moving in your chair or standing in place, get the blood flowing. 


Independence Tip:
Encourage movement throughout the day.



Mail Sorting & Shredding:
Now is a good time to get organized! Fill an empty box with items to be shredded once life returns. For shredding guidelines visit the FTC.


Independence Tip:
Encourage your clients to keep all their unpaid bills in a safe spot.



Story time:
It’s a great time to connect our elders with grandchildren virtually for story time. It may also give parents a welcome break from entertaining their children.  If the kids are too small to read try singing or saying nursery rhymes.


Independence Tip:
Zoom offers video free software to allow for face to face interaction. 


Video & Phone Calls– Stay connected by inviting your extended family to pick a time slot over the next few weeks to reach out to your loved one. 


Independence Tip:
Signup Genius offers free signup windows, to be sure they have someone new each day reaching out. 



Trip Down Memory Lane:
This Memory Lane is a two way street. Senior picks a photo around the house and writes a story to kids/grandkids and vice versa. 


Independence Tip:
To help limit the feeling of isolation, encourage family members to check in on their seniors daily.