Assisted living communities can keep their residents with dementia engaged during coronavirus by transitioning to independent activities and helping residents connect with their families when possible. Though group activities have been canceled for the time being to protect patients and staff, there are a number of things assisted living communities can do to help dementia patients remain engaged even when self-isolating. Some potential entertainment options include: 

  • Streaming activities to residents’ televisions in their private rooms, such as chair exercises
  • Providing residents with non-toxic paints and paper or other arts and crafts materials 
  • Setting up video calls for residents with their family and friends

The available entertainment will vary between different facilities, as will residents’ engagement levels. If you have a loved one with dementia in an assisted living community, reach out to the community directly to see what they are doing for their patients at this time. 

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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