With the current Covid-19 outbreak, there are questions on social distancing. More important, many are going into self-isolation because of the regulations.
While it’s important to stay safe while being distant from others, it is also important to consciously stay with your community. Not going into a state of self-isolation will allow you to maintain your sense of wellness and community as we move through these changes and times.
What Is Social Distancing?
The goal of social distancing is to avoid face to face contact with another individual. By doing this, it alleviates the virus from spreading between individuals.
If you do come into contact with another individual, then washing your hands and following basic hygiene measures immediately afterwards is essential.
The recommendation for social distancing is to maintain a space of a minimum of 1 – 3 meters between individuals.
That means that if you have an open space, such as a garden, then it is okay to go outside, as long as you maintain distance from others.
Self – Isolation Practices
Another series of instructions provided to decrease vulnerable populations is self-isolation.
In this case, it is essential to stay at home and try not to go out. If you need to take a walk, then it is possible to stay in a private area instead of going into public.
If there are others in your home, it is important to be cautious. Practice staying away from others, especially if someone has a long term condition. It is also necessary to sleep alone if it is possible.
If you require deliveries, make sure they stay outside instead of being exposed to someone who is carrying the virus.
How to Be In a Community During Times of Social Distancing
While social distancing and self-isolation are recommended for health and physical wellness, it is also important to recognize the importance of community.
Wellness is not only physical, but also mental and emotional. During this time of isolation and separation, connection is just as important.
According to NAMI, there are specific and direct benefits of keeping in touch with others and maintaining quality of life.
It is especially important for seniors to find ways to remain connected and find a sense of community. It reduces stress, emotional distress and physical issues which one may currently experience.
Here are some ways you can make sure you are staying connected in the community:
Call Your Friends and Family
Look For Online Support Groups
Check In Virtually or By Reaching Out to Community
It’s important to take time every day to connect to someone. Take a mental note to call others and find ways to connect into community.
Social distancing does not mean social isolation.
BlueSea Care is here to assist you in times of need and to make sure you remain connected to others as we go through this time.
If you need any support, please reach out.
Join the Virtual Community!
We have recently transformed our Painting with Mom class to go virtual! Since we can’t hold our normal classes at this time, we are inviting seniors and their families to join us for an online class.
This is a free class. All you need is paintbrushes, 4 primary colors and a canvas.