Senior Caregiving

Ways to Stay Connected to Seniors
Nothing replaces hugging your loved one. FaceTime isn’t the same as a kiss on the cheek. A phone call can’t compete with the touch of a hand. But we can’t put our elderly loved ones at risk of getting COVID-19. So how can we make meaningful connections from a physical distance?

Even though you can’t visit in person, you can call or do video calls. Play checkers or bingo over Zoom or use Google Hangouts for a sing-a-long. Start a virtual book club. Discuss the book and have a glass of wine.

Everyone loves to get mail — that isn’t a bill or solicitation. Send a letter, a card or a small gift so your loved one knows you care.

If your loved one has a smartphone or tablet, you could share links for virtual tours. After you both have done a tour, you can discuss what you saw and learned. Many of the most popular tourist destinations in the world now offer virtual tours. Here are a few ideas:Gift Ideas
  • Tablet or smartphone
  • Framed family photos, albums or digital photo frames
  • Newspaper and magazine subscriptions (infection control prohibits sharing publications)
  • Handheld electronic games: slot machine, poker, Yahtzee or solitaire
  • Books by a favorite author
  • Daily devotional with inspirational quotes and prayers
  • Music or audiobooks
Concerned About an Elderly Loved One Living Alone?
At CentraCare, our goal is to create a worry-free lifestyle for residents and peace of mind for their families. A warm environment, attentive staff, social activities and scrumptious meals are vital elements when selecting a senior community for a loved one. Choose from one- and two-bedroom apartments in retirement living or assisted living. Do not be afraid to ask for help. As aging progresses, your loved one may need care beyond what you can provide on your own. When you are ready to make that next step, we are here to listen and guide you through the many questions you may have about CentraCare Senior Housing options.
Feeling Lonely?
The Conversational Phone Line for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 866-777-0250.