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Staying Connected

  • Keep in regular contact with friends and family. Make a list of people to call and when to call them. Don’t forget you can still have a chat with neighbours from a safe distance. If meeting with others outside your household, be sure to follow local rules on safety measures.

  • Join a telephone friendship service such as Age UK Call in Time. If you have a smart phone, groups such as WhatsApp can be a good way of keeping in touch. Similarly, you could find online groups and discussion forums that interest you.

  • Help the person you support to stay in contact with others through phone calls, letters, email or video calls. Chat about the important people in their life and get out photographs you can look at and display.

  • Reassure them that they are safe and well and reminisce about their life and times.

  • Stay in touch however you can and encourage other friends and family to do the same. It may help to create a rota so they have regular contact throughout the day.

  • There may be others who can offer social contact from a distance, such as neighbours, members of their faith community or another trusted community group. Just be aware that introducing new people could be confusing for the person you care for.