Living in social isolation has been a tough adjustment for most of us in this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Another way of looking at the situation is that we're all living in a home care world for a while...
Here are some lessons that come to mind for me in this time:
- Home Care Recipients live their whole lives in Social Isolation: Whereas for most of us, this is a temporary phenomenon, our home care recipients are socially isolated almost all the time.
- Communication with friends and loved-ones makes us feel less alone: I'm certainly finding myself calling family and friends more than usual during this time. We can take that as a home care lesson - let's help our home care recipients keep in touch with their family and friends. Can we teach them how to text or use Facetime?
- There are creative ways to collaborate: Below is a collaboration from students who attend the Berklee College of Music here in Boston. Although they're apart, they found a way to collaborate as a virtual orchestra to make a nice piece of music. Can we find ways to hold "virtual social hours" where home care recipients can see and talk to one another online?
- Spread Joy: Another note about the video above is that they chose "What the World Needs Now is Love." This is a great message for a time like this. How can we spread joy?
- Going Outside is a pleasure: On Saturday, my wife, daughter, and I got in the car and drove to Lake Waban on the campus of Wellesley College and took a walk around the lake. This is something we do often and normally take for granted, but on this occasion just getting outside and walking felt great.
- Previous generations went to war. We can tough it through a time of isolation: This time is confusing and hard, but we are mostly safe and staying in our warm homes with all that we need. We can get through this.
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