Let your creativity guide you. With technology, we’re able to move beyond brick-and-mortar boundaries. Perhaps your caretaking friend can’t make the monthly book club in person because there’s no sitter, but they can join via Zoom. Or maybe the evenings are a terrible time for visiting, but afternoon coffee on their front porch works better.
With podcasts, streaming, subscriptions and entertainment available on demand, cultivating a hobby or interest—even while confined—has never been more possible. Moreover, a new hobby that’s self-guided can be done in their own time and boosts a sense of accomplishment or meaning.
It’s difficult for a caregiver to feel involved in the larger world when all their daily tasks revolve so close to home. Perhaps they’ve always been part of a civic club or volunteer group. While being careful not to add more work to their world, they may welcome being part of a community effort or event. Maybe it’s only addressing envelopes or making decorations or calling members, but it’s a task that they can manage and leads them to feel included.