Why is my mom’s assisted living community not letting her leave to go to church?
Assisted living facilities are not letting residents leave to go to churches because they need to prevent coronavirus from entering the facility. This policy is part of a broader recommendation that residents should only leave the community for medical treatment.
Processing this temporary prohibition against attending church services can be very difficult for seniors. However, prevention guidelines stress staying 6 ft. apart, a distance that is nearly impossible in the context of large social and religious gatherings. Some communities are providing their residents with communion deliveries and are helping them use tablets or laptops to access religious content.
The following tips may help seniors in assisted living communities to cope with missing their church:
- Perspective: It may help seniors to remember that many others within their faith community are also unable to attend services. Knowing that they are united in common experience, in beliefs, and in concern for one another will be important. Phone and video calls to church members can help.
- Live-Streaming: Most congregations are now streaming their church services in real-time in lieu of having members meet at the building. Do your best to walk your loved one through accessing her congregation’s live-stream via YouTube or other platforms. If their congregation isn’t live-streaming, consider finding a similar church that is.
- Digital Resources: Your loved one may enjoy accessing gospel music, religious ebooks, or famous sermons online. Many such materials are free, and access to these items provides a valuable sense of connection to the community that your loved one is missing.
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Additional Coronavirus FAQs
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- Why are they letting patients from the hospital who had coronavirus come back into mom’s assisted living community?
- Should I postpone my move to an assisted living facility?
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- Do staff members in assisted living homes have enough personal protective equipment (PPE)?
- What steps are assisted living homes taking to prevent the spread of coronavirus?
- Are assisted living facilities allowing social events within the community during coronavirus?
- Are common areas and recreational facilities in assisted living homes open during COVID-19?
- Why can’t my mom in independent living come and go as she pleases without being quarantined for 14 days?
- Are assisted living staff members being tested for the coronavirus?
- How can I set up a virtual meeting with my loved one in assisted living?
- Am I allowed to visit my loved one in assisted living during coronavirus?
- Can people in assisted living homes visit each other during COVID-19?
- What are assisted living communities doing to keep my loved one with dementia engaged during coronavirus?
- How can I help my loved one in an assisted living home during COVID-19?
- What happens if a person in an assisted living home gets COVID-19?
- How long are people quarantined for if they get the coronavirus in assisted living?
- Do residents stay in assisted living communities if they get the coronavirus?
- Are residents of assisted living communities required to wear masks during COVID-19?
- Are senior living communities serving food during the coronavirus?
- How do assisted living communities serve meals safely to residents during COVID-19?
- Can I tour an assisted living facility during coronavirus?
- Are staff members in assisted living facilities required to wear masks during COVID-19?
- How do I know if assisted living homes are keeping my loved ones safe during COVID-19?
- I think my mom’s care home isn’t following the state rules about coronavirus, what can I do?
- How can I help my family member in assisted living keep busy during coronavirus?
- How long are staff members required to stay home if they get sick from the coronavirus?
- What do assisted living homes do if some of their staff members get sick from the coronavirus?