Communication in Times of Crisis

Senior living communities across the country are taking every precaution with coronavirus (COVID-19) and putting strict plans in place to keep their residents healthy.

With so many uncertainties around COVID-19, it is easy for seniors to feel increasingly isolated from friends and family. Communication and connection are key right now to helping seniors and their loved-ones cope with separation. The more we communicate, even just to say hello, will help combat social isolation and let these seniors know they are loved.

Our friends at LifeLoop know a thing or two about communication. They provide a family and resident engagement platform, to help communities keep their residents feeling connected to their loved ones and the outside world.

LifeLoop has provided us with some great virtual activities that we have shared in the Resources section on this web site. We hope they are helpful!

We can’t emphasize enough that engagement, communication and connection are key right now! Acts and messages of kindness will help seniors know we are thinking of them!

Kindness KA Style

The kids at Kanata Academy in Ottawa, Canada have an ongoing kindness project that encourages students to act with kindness and often raise awareness and funds for worthy causes. While COVID-19 put a stop to in-person activities, virtual ones are still going strong. Many students took up the Say It For Seniors challenge and shared kind messages and smiles. Thanks Kanata Academy – you’ve brightened our day!

2020-05-08T22:33:26+00:00May 8th, 2020|Categories: Kids #SayItForSeniors|Tags: , , , |

Roadtrip For Nana

Dan is on our senior care sales team. His Nana lives three hours away in an independent community. But that didn’t stop Dan and his brother from hitting the road to make sure she feels the love!

As Dan pointed out, “It’s been said that loneliness can have the same health impacts as smoking 15 cigarettes daily. Reach out to your seniors it’ll make their day!”

Dan, your Nana is lucky to have such caring grandsons.

2020-04-21T17:54:59+00:00April 21st, 2020|Categories: FM Staff Stories|Tags: , , , , , |

Mixing Old and New


Our friends at Cliniconex remind us all that mixing a little “old school” with technology is a great way to stay connected during the pandemic. Why not match up your kids with a senior pen pal? Fantastic. How about a virtual book club? Love it. Check out their blog post, reprinted below, for a few more ideas:

The spread of COVID-19 has led to rapid and dramatic changes in day-to-day life, and senior care facilities are no exception. While some might welcome social distancing during the crisis, for those in senior care, not having family and friends visit can be isolating and potentially have adverse effects on health.

Research shows that family involvement in the lives of seniors in care facilities can have positive effects on their cognitive and behavioural health. This means care homes now must balance strict isolation and containment protocols while maintaining a standard of life for their residents.

While we all do our part to limit the spread of the virus by staying home and limiting social interactions, here are some ways to stay connected and social – from a distance.

Video Chat

If your family member has access to a tablet, computer or smartphone, you have […]

2020-04-20T19:30:30+00:00April 17th, 2020|Categories: #SayItForSeniors|Tags: , , |

Good News from Sophia in Peachtree Corners Georgia

Kids are a big source of joy for seniors everywhere and right now there are many grandparents missing the little people in their lives. Nine-year old Sophia, from Peachtree Corners, Georgia wanted to share her “quarantined artwork for all the seniors stuck in Nursing Homes that can’t see their families.” 

Sophia is speaking from experience. She has a great grandmother in a skilled nursing community and recently had two grandparents infected with COVID-19. But we are happy to report that both have successfully recovered!

Thanks Sophia! Your artwork will bring smiles to many people!

2020-04-09T15:15:11+00:00April 7th, 2020|Categories: Kids #SayItForSeniors|Tags: , , , , , , |

Matthew McConaughey Hosts Virtual Bingo for Texas Senior Facility

Alright, alright, alright! Now this is what we are talking about. Matthew and his family recently called numbers in a virtual bingo session with a senior facility in his home state of Texas. A great example of maintaining connections and as McConaughey says, “turning a red light into a green light.”

Read the article in Buzzfeed



2020-04-07T18:47:36+00:00April 7th, 2020|Categories: In The News|Tags: , , |

Covid19 Fast Forwards Tech Adoption in Senior Living

Interesting article in Senior Housing News April 2nd about how the Covid19 pandemic has spurred many in senior living to embrace the digital age.  Many communities are now rushing to find ways to arrange telehealth, more reliable WiFi networks and digital capabilities that enable residents to communicate with families. The team at CareWorx Fully Managed has certainly noticed an uptick in requests for help with WiFi, teleheath and recommendations for virtually connecting residents. Check out our resources page for more info. We’re adding new materials every week.

2020-04-06T20:14:12+00:00April 6th, 2020|Categories: In The News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Shoutout for Cyber-Seniors

A Say It For Seniors shoutout to an organization called Cyber-Seniors that aims to bridge the digital divide and connect generations through technology. They are committed to getting seniors safely online. Some great resources here including zoom meetings that explain how to shop online, video chatting, online banking etc. They also match up teenage tech mentors with eager-to-learn seniors! Visit their site for more info!

2020-04-05T12:52:40+00:00April 3rd, 2020|Categories: #SayItForSeniors|Tags: , , , , |