As COVID-19 continues to dominate the headlines, we thought it may be helpful to take a step back and consider some of the implications that may not be top of mind. Here is what we know about the virus:
With these unnerving data points, it’s no surprise that senior living communities are responding with drastic measures to keep their residents safe. Restrictions or full-on cancellation of visitors and group activities are among the most common tactics. This global pandemic is grave and should not be taken lightly or downplayed...but we also need to consider and keep in mind the risks that are associated with loneliness.
Ultimately, we need to work together to strike a balance. Keeping residents healthy - by both reducing the risk of them contracting COVID-19 and by offering opportunities for social engagement and connectedness.
Enter: The Friendship Volunteer Network
The simplest thing we can do is support each other, and one of the easiest ways to do that is through offering a friendly voice and some quality conversation. Know somebody who is stuck in isolation and could use a friendly checkin? Sign them up using the below form!
Or, if you have thirty minutes available, why not dedicate it to making someone smile? Anyone can help by taking a phone call, just sign up here.