Residents at homes for the elderly like St. Anne’s are experiencing stress and difficulties involved in striving to stop the spread of COVID-19 more than you may realize!
With all outings cancelled (save those for essential medical procedures), group activities limited to less than ten people, and other drastic measures in place, things are not so easy right now for residents or staff.
You are probably facing hardships of your own, and may be sick of your “four walls.”
Here, we’ll share some of what we and our residents have been doing to help cope. Perhaps, you’ll find something here that you’d like to try yourself. Hopefully, this list (not meant to be exhaustive) is helpful to you.
- Playing charades
- Bingo (in two separate rooms to keep number of persons at 10 or less)
- Music/Sing-along (Now that we don’t have visitors in our chapel, we’ve used the space multiple times for hymn-singing. We’ve also been able to continue our weekly sing-along in the activity room.)
- Live-streaming daily Mass from St. Michael’s Church
- Praying the Our Father daily at lunchtime over the PA for protection and the end of this pandemic
- Going for a walk
- Posting encouraging scripture quotes around the building
- Announcing a ‘Joke of the Day’ over the paging system
We miss you and pray for a quick end to the present crisis!