How to connect with your elderly loved one

We understand that staying connected with your elderly parent or loved one can be challenging. COVID-19 restrictions in the past year have also added another layer of difficulty to staying in touch, with many of us relying on technology to do the job. In many cases, this has led to increased levels of isolation and feelings of loneliness amongst both seniors in aged care, and their adult children. However, even if you can’t be together in person, there are many ways you can still always be there for each other. In fact, there are many simple ways to keep in touch during these times!

Give your elderly loved one a call

Sometimes calling to talk is the most effective way to stay connected. Technology may have taken away the need to actually pick up the phone, but it’s still one of the simplest ways to stay connected and show your love for one another. A quick phone call can be just as effective as a long conversation or even caring gifts. Don’t hesitate to pick up the phone to update your loved one on your day-to-day so they feel closely connected to your life.

Send them a card or parcel

Do you have a great idea for a card? Is there someone they haven’t seen in a while? Is it something that’s particularly meaningful to them? Then reach out and send it their way. Send a short note to let them know just how important they are to you. The best gift of all is that feeling of knowing that your children or friends are thinking of you, so we’re sure they’ll absolutely love it!

Send your elderly loved one photos

There is one sure way to stay connected with your elderly loved one and make their day: send them a photo! Taking photos of your family is a great pass time to build memories and share moments, especially if you have older relatives in your care. If you’re unsure about what type of photos would be best, try sending a photo from their home. They know the location of the shot, so there’s likely to be a connection with the photo to the location. Take one snap of something that’s important to them too, and you’ll be sure to make their day – and yours!

Engage with technology alongside your elderly loved one

Technology can have its share of pros and cons in relationships. But it’s important to remember that it is only a tool and should never replace face-to-face contact with your loved one. That said, it can massively enhance the level of interaction that you can have with them. Utilize it in tandem with our tips above and make sure you’re always staying connected to your elderly parent or loved one.

And finally: A simple message, just from the bottom of your heart: “I love you” will do the trick!

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