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K Local Advice from a * Local Expert O: My mom has dementia and is in facility. I cannot visit her due to recent COVID-19 pandemic. I am worried that she will become isolated and depressed. What suggestions do you have to keep her mind and body moving? Q: A. People living with dementia thrive on environment and routine. As l am sure you know, change can be very difficult for those with dementia. At CountryHouse, RN, MSN, Director of we too have had to make several changes to the way we CountryHouse Dickinson operate during this uncertain time. However, we are focusing on making sure that we have continued to include some "normal" things in our routine as well as keeping our new routine consistent. For example, normally we have somebody come in on Tuesdays to get their hair done. Now, we are having in house staff perform this on the same day to try to keep that comfortable feeling of routine. I would also encourage you to find a way to do a virtual visit. You can do a phone call, you can do a video call with Skype, Zoom or Facetime and you can also write a little and send photos. There are many ways to still connect and make them feel like they are still connected. It is important for them to still see your face and hear your voice. This routine and the familiarity of your face and vice will help eliminate depression or feelings of isolation during this time. If you do a virtual visit and you do not get a lot of conversation or feedback from your mom, do not be discouraged, it is STILL MAKING A DIFFERENCE!! Tessa Johnson COUNTRYHOUSE RESIDENCE for memory care 701.483.2266 | www.countryhouse.net K Local Advice from a * Local Expert O: My mom has dementia and is in facility. I cannot visit her due to recent COVID-19 pandemic. I am worried that she will become isolated and depressed. What suggestions do you have to keep her mind and body moving? Q: A. People living with dementia thrive on environment and routine. As l am sure you know, change can be very difficult for those with dementia. At CountryHouse, RN, MSN, Director of we too have had to make several changes to the way we CountryHouse Dickinson operate during this uncertain time. However, we are focusing on making sure that we have continued to include some "normal" things in our routine as well as keeping our new routine consistent. For example, normally we have somebody come in on Tuesdays to get their hair done. Now, we are having in house staff perform this on the same day to try to keep that comfortable feeling of routine. I would also encourage you to find a way to do a virtual visit. You can do a phone call, you can do a video call with Skype, Zoom or Facetime and you can also write a little and send photos. There are many ways to still connect and make them feel like they are still connected. It is important for them to still see your face and hear your voice. This routine and the familiarity of your face and vice will help eliminate depression or feelings of isolation during this time. If you do a virtual visit and you do not get a lot of conversation or feedback from your mom, do not be discouraged, it is STILL MAKING A DIFFERENCE!! Tessa Johnson COUNTRYHOUSE RESIDENCE for memory care 701.483.2266 | www.countryhouse.net