Together, Apart: How To Keep In Touch During Social Distancing

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FaceTime, Skype and Other Video Calls

Nowadays, we’re lucky that we have the technology to see friends and loved ones anytime, anywhere, no matter the distance. As long as you have a smartphone or computer with a WiFi connection, you can take advantage of FaceTimeSkypeGoogle Hangouts Meet or any other video chat platforms. All you have to do is log on and place your video call to see some of your favorite people — it’ll almost be like you’re in the same room. Make the call extra special by following a simple exercise routine together or having a virtual long-distance lunch date.

 

Have a Pen Pal

There’s something charming about sending off a handwritten letter. It’s a purposeful way to connect with someone, and receiving one is usually a welcome surprise. Use this time to grab your favorite pen, some pretty stationary and mail off a thoughtful message. You might even find excitement in waiting to get one in return. During times like these, it’ll likely be greatly appreciated. Just make sure to check USPS operational times to make sure your letter will get there in time (and use tape to close the envelope).

 

A Good Old-Fashioned Phone Call

Never underestimate the power of a good old-fashioned phone call. If you haven’t upgraded your technology or just prefer the simplicity of giving your friends and family a quick ring, this can be one of the easiest ways to keep in touch. To make it a party, you can even try a three-way call with two other friends or have a TV watch party and chat through your favorite shows. Either way, a phone call could be just what you need to feel connected to your loved ones.

 

Getting Started

Want to digitally connect with your loved one but not sure where to start? Check out our helpful guides below on how you can use various video chat apps to virtually connect.

Download the step-by-step guide to get started using FaceTime!

Download the step-by-step guide to get started using Skype for video chat!

Download the step-by-step guide to get started using Zoom!

Download the step-by-step guide to get started using GoogleDuo!

We always strive to provide our residents with a happy, healthy environment. During these challenging times, that’s no different. Our hearts go out to the families and communities affected by COVID-19. If you want to learn more about our response to COVID-19 visit our FAQ page. If you’re not seeing what you’re looking for, WHO and the CDC are sources for trusted and updated information on COVID-19.

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