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It’s often difficult to stay in touch with a loved one after placing them in a nursing home. You have a busy schedule, your own family to care for, and other responsibilities that get in your way. Planning a visit to the nursing home might not be that easy.
However, you want to spend quality time with your family member whenever possible. They might feel lonely in their new residence and need a visit from someone they feel comfortable around and love.
With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging in many communities, including nursing homes, seeing your loved one might not have been possible. State-wide restrictions prevented many people from setting foot inside these facilities, forcing some to develop unique solutions to get the quality time they want while maintaining social distancing.
Whether your loved one recently moved into a nursing home or has been there for a long time, below are some of the best ways to stay connected.
Rely on Technology for Quality Time
Older adults are vulnerable to viruses, including COVID-19. Even if the nursing home allows visitors, you might not want to take the chance of passing the coronavirus or another medical issue on to your loved one. You can stay in touch and have the face-to-face visits you want while behaving responsibly.
Common forms of communication include:
Plan Safe Visits and Activities
Whether you visit them at the nursing home or pick them up for an afternoon excursion, you can stay connected with your loved one while doing what you both enjoy. Some activities might include:
Contact a Northern Virginia elder law attorney right now if you’re considering moving your loved one into a nursing home. We can assist you with preparations and help you ensure they receive the care they need to remain healthy and safe.