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.
Puzzles, Reading and Art (Sketching, Adult Coloring Books)
Stay busy and away from the television, independently!
Warn Seniors of Current COVID-19 Scams, which have already started.
Your favorite song in any location! Turn on the music and start moving in your chair or standing in place, get the blood flowing.
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.
Encourage your clients to keep all their unpaid bills in a safe spot.
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.
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.
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.
To help limit the feeling of isolation, encourage family members to check in on their seniors daily.