Celebrating the New Year in Long Term Care: How to Stay Connected

December 29, 2020

As long term care communities begin to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, long term care providers will continue working diligently to keep residents and staff safe. Additionally, it’s important that families continue to do their part to contain the spread by limiting travel and following safety protocols.

However, there are still plenty of ways to connect with a loved one in long term care as we venture into 2021:

Set resolutions via video call

In lieu of an in-person gathering, use Zoom or other video conferencing tools to spend quality time and set some resolutions for 2021.

Drive-by visits

If you live close by, organize a socially distanced greeting and wave to your loved one from your car. Bonus points if you can bring sparklers!

Record a greeting

If your loved one has access to a smartphone, computer or tablet, consider sending a recorded greeting from each family member (pets, too!) with wishes for the new year. You can also send a message of hope to all long term care residents and staff at www.CareNotCOVID.com.

Give a thoughtful gift

From technology to hand lotion, there are plenty of gifts that help a long term care resident feel his or her best without exposing them to malls, beauty salons and crowds. Think about gifts that are easy to store and can be dropped off for minimal contact.

Watch the fireworks “together”

Check your local listings to watch fireworks or use a streaming service for a New Year’s Eve-themed movie and plan to watch at the same time. Call or text during or after the movie to share your favorite parts.

How is your family staying connected with loved ones in long term care? Tag us at @ahcancal on social media to let us know!