My parents live about 100 miles away from my home, and their assisted living community is locked down and not permitting visitors. The goal is to keep the CoVid-19 away from the residents as much as possible. I feel nothing by gratitude for the kindness and dedication of the staff. Preventive care at its best.
It also means that my husband and I cannot visit my parents, age 92 and 96 who are in the highest risk group. While I know that, during an epidemic, it’s important for my parents to be in contact with as few people as possible, it is frustrating for this adult child because I cannot think of enough ways to stay connected.
So how do I keep communicating and connecting with them? In a sense, doing things that keep us connected is a type of caregiving. I only wish I had many more ideas, but here are a few of the steps I am taking:
- I am calling my parents every day and sometimes twice. Trying to use Facetime or Skype is too complicated for them, so we’ll make do with phone calls.
- Tomorrow I will start mailing a greeting card with a note for them to read, and I’ll aim to do this every other day or so.
- Perhaps I can a small recipe of cookies and mail to them, perhaps once a week or every ten days.
Other ideas are welcome! Communications of all sorts of alternative ways will be so critical during this period of social distancing!