Coronavirus: how to stay in touch with your elderly relatives during isolation

Please note: this information was correct at time of publishing (13 March 2020) – please consult government guidelines for the most up-to-date information.

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“Hi I’m Andrew and I’m from www.caresourcer.com, a company that helps people find care. However today I’m talking to you if you’ve got an elderly relative that is currently in a care home.

With the coronavirus it’s likely that some visitation to that care home might be restricted over the next weeks and months, and we’ve got a few ideas that might help you stay connected to that loved one and in communication with them through this period.

  • The first thing is obviously you can still use the telephone and call. A lot of care homes these days also support, through phones or iPads, the use of video calls such as Skype.
  • There’s the old-fashioned letter through the post, you can also send flowers through the post.
  • I’d also think about what games and activities can I send my elderly loved one, because it may be that some activities are restricted in those care homes to combat the infection.
  • And finally many care homes will print out emails that you send and read those emails to those elderly relatives and loved ones.

So plenty you can do and plenty more ideas and thoughts about how to handle this coronavirus if you’ve got elderly relatives in a care setting. To find out more, go to www.caresourcer.com/corona-virus

 

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