- 0.1 The lack of face-to-face communication with your parents is one of the most challenging parts of the current pandemic.
- 0.2 Many people have gone for several months without seeing their parents, siblings, and other loved ones.
- 0.3 If the weight of isolation is negatively affecting you and your parents, take time this month to reach out in different ways.
- 1 1. Address Any Persistent Medical Concerns
- 2 2. Embrace Photo Sharing
- 3 3. Hold a Video Chat Game Night
- 4 4. Place Orders for Your Parents Online
- 5 5. Arrange a Socially Distant Curbside Visit
The lack of face-to-face communication with your parents is one of the most challenging parts of the current pandemic.
Many people have gone for several months without seeing their parents, siblings, and other loved ones.
If the weight of isolation is negatively affecting you and your parents, take time this month to reach out in different ways.
With the technology available today, it is easy to establish routine forms of communication and inclusion that help ease the burden of having to socially distance yourself from your family.
However you choose to approach the situation, it is important to address both your needs and the needs of your parents as you navigate this new sense of normal.
1. Address Any Persistent Medical Concerns
For those with aging parents, the threat of COVID-19 is especially alarming.
You likely spend time worrying about the potential issues arising from this pandemic and the likelihood of your parents becoming ill.
To address some of these concerns, consider speaking with your parents this month about any end of life arrangements they have made.
Asking to review their existing life insurance policy with you is an effective way to gain peace of mind for everyone involved.
Your parents want to know that you and any siblings you have are going to be taken care of if anything happens.
If you are encountering a situation where one of your parents is already gravely ill, consider reviewing the benefits of their life insurance policy compared to the benefits of a viatical settlement.
A viatical settlement provides the family of the life insurance policyholder with a lump sum payout that can be used to cover the end of life expenses, including continued medical care.
This is helpful for those who are struggling to afford the cost of medical expenses for their loved ones but want to ensure the highest quality of care is still being received.
Schedule a time for you and your parents to speak with a viatical settlement broker to learn more about the benefits of this option.
2. Embrace Photo Sharing
Being apart from your parents is difficult when you have a close relationship with them.
An easy way of making the separation feel less pressing is to use technology to your advantage.
Sending photos back and forth to one another is a great way to stay connected and to feel more involved with each other’s daily lives.
Set up a private picture sharing group chat and encourage your parents to send you snaps of what they are doing throughout the day.
Share photos of the meals you are eating and any fun activities you are completing at home. This helps you establish some sense of normality and decreases feelings of loneliness.
3. Hold a Video Chat Game Night
Another great way to connect with your parents this month is to hold a video chat game night.
Choose a game you know everyone has, such as Monopoly, and designate one night per week where everyone plays the game together.
This involves creativity and patience, but it is well worth the investment of time.
Involve as many or as few family members as you like and rotate through new games each week.
If you want to really add to the fun, suggest having a dinner date beforehand where everyone eats together before embarking on your video chat game night.
4. Place Orders for Your Parents Online
For those who do not live close to their parents, ordering much-needed items online is one of the best ways for you to offer assistance.
Whether you use a local grocery store to deliver food items or you purchase something that will make them smile, such as a book or movie, this small effort has an enormous positive effect.
Set up a budget that works best for you and order items online for your parents once or twice per month to help them get by.
5. Arrange a Socially Distant Curbside Visit
Being face to face with your parents, even while wearing a mask, helps create a sense of connection.
If you live close by, contact your parents and ask them to come to the door or sit on their porch while you swing by for a quick visit.
Be sure to wear your mask and stay at least six feet apart from one another to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved.
If you want to stay awhile, bring a chair so you can sit with your parents and discuss whatever topics you most enjoy.