12 Ways to Stay Connected While at Home

Time at home is an opportunity for connection.

Life can change so fast. Two weeks ago, no one had heard the term “social distancing.” Now, for communities near and far, it is a way of life.

We believe that social distancing also can be an opportunity for social connection, and connection to what matters most. How can you use this time to energize your social and spiritual connections in new ways? All it takes is a little creativity (and sometimes a bit of help from technology).

Here are some ideas and resources for staying connected to the people, places, and activities that are most important to you in the coming weeks. Use these ideas to jumpstart your own creativity!

Connect Using Technology

  1. If you’ve never used apps like Skype, Zoom, Facetime (Apple devices), or Google Duo (for Apple and Android devices), this is an opportunity to learn just how useful and user friendly this technology can be. Most apps for connecting even have free options.
  2. Keep up regular engagements with friends and family by setting up virtual dinners, coffee, or brunch. This is one time that a tablet or a laptop at the table will be welcome.
  3. Check in with the people who are important to you, especially elders and those who live alone. Everyone will have their own unique stories and challenges while staying at home.
  4. While library buildings are closed, their digital services are always available. The Monmouth County Library system has many online options for learning and entertainment. Stay connected with the world as you browse digital magazines, audiobooks, movies and documentaries, and more.

Connect with Family at Home

  1. Really listen to your loved ones. Take time to talk over dinner. Try some conversation starters for families with teenage kids, for all age kids and families, and for people of any age.
  2. Turn off the TV and get out an old favorite board game or card game. There is a reason why it was a favorite!
  3. Complete a household project together. If there are some household projects you’ve been putting off, now is the time, and it can be a shared activity.
  4. Have a digital “slide show.” So often now, photos from our lives never make it off our phones and into albums. Use this time to share!  

Connect with Nature

  1. Spring arrived early this year. This is a wonderful time to get out for a walk, whether you’re walking around the block or in an open park. Just be sure to give anyone you encounter plenty of space so that everyone stays safe.
  2. If you have a dog, treat them to extra walks and new routes. They’ll appreciate it, and it is a safe way for those in large households to get some alone time.

Connect with Spirit and Wellness

  1. With houses of worship closed for public services, many are offering their daily or weekly services online.
  2. Not only are there abundant streaming fitness options, many local gyms, fitness centers, yoga studios, and meditation centers are offering classes online for free or at a reduced cost.

This guide is just the beginning. There are countless ways to connect with what is really important and stay safe at the same time. All of us at Sunnyside Manor wish you the best during this unique time. Stay safe, and take good care!

Learn More About Why Families Rely On Sunnyside Manor

Sunnyside Manor offers assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing and rehabilitation. Learn more about Sunnyside Manor’s resources for caregivers. Whether you’re looking for short-term support or a longer-term plan, we are here to help. Begin with our “Getting Started” guide, or call us at 888-696-2052 to speak with a senior living expert.

Sunnyside Manor, located in Wall NJ, is the area’s premier senior living community. It features three distinctive neighborhoods: Independence ‘Plus’ Assisted Living, Recollections Memory Care and Skilled Nursing.

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