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How to connect with loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic

April 3, 2020 Caring Communities

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, emotions can range from anxiety to worry and everything in between. At Parkland, we know how important it is to stay connected. Here are a few tips to help you connect with loved ones while practicing physical distancing.

How to connect with loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, emotions can range from anxiety to worry and everything in between. At Parkland, we know how important it is to stay connected. Here are a few tips to help you connect with loved ones while practicing physical distancing.

Video chat

Video chats are a great way to stay connected with friends and family when you can’t be in the same room. Popular platforms include Skype, Zoom, HouseParty and Facebook Messenger. There are many platforms out there, so try a few out and see which ones suit you best! Happy chatting!

People are being very creative using video chat and social media platforms to host events or activities. Examples:

  • Paint night
  • Live story time
  • Group yoga / exercise classes
  • Group meditation sessions
  • Games with friends
  • Watch movies together with browser extensions like Netflix Party
  • Have dinner together, virtually!

Phone calls

While video chatting is great, some people prefer a good old-fashioned phone call. Schedule your call ahead of time so you’re sure to catch each other! Pick a time that works for everyone.

Finish that project you’ve been putting off

Whether it’s getting your taxes done, pulling together a scrapbook from your youth or completing an online challenge (like recreating works of art), keeping yourself and loved ones occupied will get you through long days with limited social contact.

We are in this together.

This new reality is new for us all! It’s time to reach out to friends and family and be creative.

Looking to connect with a resident at Parkland?
Send a note, photo or video through the #GreatConnections program

Parkland has recently made iPads available at all our locations to help residents connect with loved ones. We have also set up a system to help family and friends send notes, photos or videos. You can either post your photo and video on social media and use #GreatConnections or submit the online form here.

You can also send an email to the front desk to be printed and delivered to your loved one! Our recreation teams will be checking in with residents regularly and are happy to pass along messages, love and warm wishes from family members. Your loved ones are surrounded by a community of Great People who are dedicated to helping them be well.

We are in this together.