Keeping PACE Participants Engaged While Centers Remain Closed
Activities and Tips for Family Members
PACE services over 700 participants in Cuyahoga County—and makes a significant difference in their lives. Did you know that PACE can increase an individual’s length of life through social stimulation and activities?
The COVID-19 pandemic has unfortunately had significant consequences for PACE participants, as our day health centers remain closed except for medical checkups and therapy services. How can at-home care providers continue to engage PACE participants while PACE is not open?
Look to the past.
Many seniors find comfort in recalling years gone by. Take time to look through old photo albums or memorabilia, or listen to their favorite songs from childhood or early adulthood. Listen to their stories and engage them in conversations about their memories.
Reintroduce favorite activities.
Your loved one may have enjoyed playing a particular game that they have not even thought of in some time. Whether it is revisiting the rules of Pinochle or setting up an outdoor bocce ball game, try to reintroduce familiar activities that create a feeling of comfort and safety. You may even have an opportunity to learn about a loved one’s favorite pastime or “old school” game that you didn’t know before.
Coordinate intergenerational family activities.
Sometimes the best medicine is an unexpected visit with a niece, cousin, close friend, or grandchild. Even during COVID-19, there are options: set up an outdoor socially distanced visit or schedule time for a phone conversation.
Aim for simple fun!
Activities do not need to be complicated. Turn on some music, pull out a board game, or set up some lawn games—ring or bean bag toss, horseshoes, or even Badminton for active seniors. If temperatures are comfortable, try to engage your loved ones outside as much as possible to enjoy sunshine and fresh air.
If you or your loved one have questions about how and when PACE day health centers will reopen or how you can keep your loved ones engaged, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to offer caring support and guidance.