Although new cases of COVID-19 have tapered off considerably since the spring, taking measures to prevent the spread of the virus is still extremely important. And since elderly Canadians are at the highest risk for severe cases, it is important that we are taking measures to protect our senior loved ones.

With schools only recently opening up in Ontario, some experts recommend that children be separated from their elderly family members at least for a few weeks until we see whether the return to school will cause any significant spike in cases.

The following are a few tips to help you and your family connect with your elderly loved ones while still protecting them from COVID-19.

Stay in your social bubble

If senior loved ones are in your social bubble, continue to visit and connect with them while still taking the necessary precautions. For senior loved ones outside your social bubble, keep your contact virtual through methods like phone calls and video chats.

Keep visits safe and socially distanced

When visiting your senior loved ones, remember to stay socially distanced. Consider taking visits outside in the backyard while the weather is still pleasant. If you must go inside, consider visiting at the kitchen table, which can be wiped down before and after your visit.

Get creative when it comes to kids

If hugs and kisses from the grandkids seem like too much of a risk right now, come up with some creative ways for your kids to connect with their grandparents. Video them singing a song, doing a dance, or putting on a puppet show for their grandparents. And then film their grandparents’ reaction to their “performance” and show it to your kids. Or have your kids make a special drawing or letter to include in a care basket for senior loved ones. The possibilities are endless – but you may have to get a little creative.

Consider getting home care

If it feels like you are spending more time running errands or doing chores for your elderly loved ones than actually visiting with them, you may want to consider getting home care support. At VERA Home Care, our staff is fully trained to comply with COVID-19 guidelines, and with a little help from us, you will be free to spend more quality time with the seniors in your life.