(NC) COVID-19 has had a significant impact on retirement homes across the province, leaving many seniors thinking about how they can give back to those around them. While it may seem difficult to get involved right now, there are ways you can make a positive difference in your retirement community.
Share your passion
Your unique skills and interests can bring joy and support to others. Why not spread your musical talents through video or audio, start a virtual film club, or share your travelogues in a digital album? Sharing your passion can help keep your community engaged, fight feelings of loneliness and create lasting friendships.
Create a connection
Many seniors in your home may feel lonely or isolated by physical distancing measures. To help maintain social connections, reach out to a friend in another home by picking up the phone or having a video call to check in on how theyre feeling.
Consider reaching out to local organizations in your community to ask how you and your fellow residents can get involved. If your home has a residents council, this is another great way to get together to plan activities, share ideas, talents and wisdom and develop helpful suggestions for the home.
Spread the positivity
If youve had the opportunity to give back, share the news with friends, family and your retirement community. Your efforts may inspire others to think about how they can make a difference and prompt them to get involved where they are.
Find more information about how to get involved in your retirement community and learn about residents councils from the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority.