Woke up this morning obviously concerned about coping and alternative methods, anticipating either a "lockdown" or a "shelter in place" order from the governor, then decided I needed instead to focus on how to deal with being confined. I read a few articles online and thought I'd share them, and ask others what you have read online (or elsewhere, such as in magazines), and/or what your own coping methods are.
1. Communicating with family or friends in facilities that are locked down.
Window visits: this family created signs, called their grandfather and suggested he look out the window. I'm guessing this "made his day", to see his family outside, reaching out to him.
I'm thinking folks here could perhaps make arrangements by phone with staff to let residents/patients know that there will be some outdoor visitors, and to look out the window at a certain time.
I wouldn't come en masse as the cited family did though, and if more than one member could visit, they could stagger visits between morning and afternoon, giving the elder a twice a day "pick-me-up".
As to memory care, I'm not sure if this could work; I've never been in a MC hall and don't know if all the residents have windows.
And if there are Good Samaritans who want to visit, they too could get on the visitor's lists for specific times.
Perhaps the facility could set aside a few parking places for "special visitors."
2. For Catholics: An innovative priest is providing "drive-by" confessions.
For this priest, and parishioners, I just hope he has some good weather going forward and that there are no blizzards to interrupt this practice.
Anyone else read about unique coping methods? Please share!