Understanding and Embracing Social Distancing

What is social distancing?
According to the CDC, social distancing involves remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance whenever possible to limit the ability of the virus to spread. As we work to stay safe and healthy during COVID-19 (the coronavirus), many of us are observing social distancing or shelter-in-place rules.

How do you practice social distancing?

  1. Stay home and avoid contact with others. 
  2. Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
  3. Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters).
  4. Limit your activities in public.
  5. Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

Ideas for social distancing with your loved one:

We understand this change in routine may be difficult for you and your loved one.  Here are some ideas to create memories and enjoy your time together as we navigate this public health crisis.

 1. Be creative – create a safe space for you and your loved one to be artsy.  Try coloring or crafts.

 2. Reconnect – take this time to connect and build new memories with each other. Create new traditions that fit your love one’s level of activity. Get dressed up or down and capture these moments with a camera or on your phone.

3. Keep a journal – Writing your thoughts and keeping track of your feelings daily. Find time to discuss your experience with someone you trust. 

4.  Meditate together – focus on the good that is happening all around you. Google meditation and see what may be available for free or at a low cost to play on your smart phone or computer. 

5. Read together – what’s a great book that you or your love one has been eager to read? Some caregivers find it enjoyable reading out loud to their loved one.  Audio books are another option.

6. Listen to music together – create a space where you two can dance. Have a sing- a- long or a mini talent show. Play your love one’s favorite music and let the rhythm guide you.

7.  Rest – designate time for napping. Lack of sleep will cause irritability for no apparent reason, inability to finish tasks and inability to think clearly. When your love one sleeps, you sleep.

8.  Exercise – look for in-home exercises to do together.

 9. Play games together – interactive games online, board and card games.

10. Remain social – connect with family and friends via phone or video chat.

11.  Cook together – get creative and have fun. Create a new meal together.

12.  Keep a routine- Even in times of social distance, it’s important to have structure in your days.