No, assisted living facilities are not allowing normal social events within the community during coronavirus. Social events present too great an opportunity for transmission of coronavirus.

Although assisted living homes normally host daily group activities to keep residents active and socially engaged, virtually all of these events are canceled for the time being. It’s unrealistic to try to maintain social distancing with large social events, and even dining practices have been drastically altered to improve safety. However, most homes are offering numerous forms of entertainment and opportunities to connect during this time to promote the wellbeing of residents.

Some common alternatives used to fill the time left by canceled social activities include:

  • Videos and Calls: Seniors may be able to enjoy connecting to both groups and individuals through a variety of video calling platforms. They can even connect with their neighbors in the community through videos or phones. Many homes are helping residents with the technology involved.
  • Window Visits: Family members, social workers, and clergy are often able to visit seniors by seeing them through a ground-level window and speaking over the phone. Try combining a window visit with a safe package drop-off. Ask the facility about their rules for this, and remind your loved one to wash hands after handling the package.
  • Hobbies and Games: Homes are striving to provide seniors with a variety of safe, accessible activities that will keep them busy within their apartments. Hobby materials, puzzles, and more are often available. You can augment whatever the facility provides through packages tailored to your loved ones’ interests.

COVID-19 Update: With social distancing and stay-at-home orders, many seniors are struggling with loneliness and isolation. We’ve developed a list of products that caregivers or seniors can purchase to help older adults stay happy, healthy and connected, whether they are aging in place at home or in an assisted living community.

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