9. Find Out What They Miss
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Ask them what they’re longing for most during isolation and try to make it happen, COVID style. My parents miss visits with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, so we arrange Facetime calls. They enjoyed eating out, so we surprise them occasionally with takeout dinners from their favorite restaurants.
Knowing that a craving for Krispy Kreme doughnuts or Chick Fil A might tempt them to venture out, we bring them treats from time to time.
Even the most introverted souls feel lonely and bored the longer we stay isolated. Encourage them to reconnect with friends and family members they haven’t spoken to in a while.
Our hometown, Bristol, Rhode Island, hosts the longest continually running Fourth of July parade in the country. One day I pulled up the parade on Facebook on my phone and played it for them.
Although they couldn’t attend in person, they enjoyed getting glimpses of the excitement and seeing familiar sights.
10. Help Them Shop Online
One day Mom mentioned she needed a new pair of jeans. “And your father has worn out his favorite tennis shoes. I can’t wait ‘til we can go shopping again.”
“You don’t have to wait, Mom,” I said. “I can bring shopping to you.”
I booted up my laptop, clicked a few buttons, and soon we were browsing on Amazon. Dad chimed in with his wish list, and before long we’d ordered everything they needed.
“That was fun,” Mom announced. “I like shopping that way.” When the packages started rolling in, she texted, This is better than Christmas!
I don’t know how long our elderly parents will have to shelter in place, but with a little creativity, we can help meet their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. As we care for them, our relationships will grow, and we’ll make some fun memories.
With the Lord’s help, our families will come away stronger and more compassionate than ever.
When you grow weary, and you will, remember the promise of Hebrews 6:10: “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”
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