Keeping Families Connected During Coronavirus Lockdowns
See the creative methods communities are using
For several weeks now, ever since the danger of the Covid-19 outbreak became real, Silverado communities have been in a virtual lockdown to keep residents safe. This means that aside from essential personnel, visitors are not allowed inside the communities. While millions of others are under directives to stay at home to help “flatten the curve” of this terrible virus, the effects of isolation can be especially challenging for individuals living with memory impairments.
A loved one’s smile or voice can be the most precious thing to someone living with Alzheimer’s or other type of dementia, so our community teams are pulling out all the stops to connect residents with their loved ones who can’t be there in person. Here are a few highlights:
Facetime and other video chat/conferencing services have been a very popular and effective way for families to keep in touch. Via mobile phones, tablets or desktop computers, there is always a video chat happening. In this photo, a Beverly Place resident catches up with family on an iPad.
Showing is more effective than telling, so residents at Silverado Southlake had photos taken holding personalized signs to share with their loved ones that they’re still thriving and can’t wait to see them again.
One resident at Silverado Alexandria took video chatting to the next level, by toasting a loved one via a virtual happy hour!
One of the best ways for residents to keep up with their loved ones has been through the communities’ Facebook pages. If you haven’t followed your community’s page, head over to and “like” them for the latest updates!