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Staying connected to your community during COVID-19

During these extraordinary times you may be feeling anxious, upset, stressed, confused, scared or even angry. We want you to know that these feelings are completely normal and you are not alone.

In particular, Oryx Communities understand the impact of not having physical contact with family and friends, and whilst we cannot replace visits from loved ones, here at The Richardson we have put a number of measures in place to help our residents stay connected.

Some of these measures may also help you feel more connected in your home, including:

  • Arrange video calls with family and friends. Don’t forget that your loved ones are feeling isolated too and a face-to-face chat can do wonders for everybody’s sense of wellbeing.
  • Create a group chat to share messages and photos with loved ones during the day. Here at The Richardson we use the Swift My Family App for our residents to see photos sent from family members – it’s easy for the whole family to download via the App store.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle, including a good diet, sleep and exercise. We know it sounds obvious, but it’s especially important during times of uncertainty that we remember to do some cardio and stretches in the living room, cook ourselves a proper meal or drop off a delicious meal to a loved one’s front door.
  • Exercise for the brain – don’t forget it’s your most important muscle! You’ll find daily crosswords, Sudoku, code crackers, wheel words and trivia on The Senior’s website.
  • Swap out your exposure to the news for an entertaining radio show or podcast. The ABC have a lot of fascinating shows that you can download here or listen to through their digital station on your TV.

We truly believe that we’re all in this together. If you want to speak to someone about your situation or that of a loved one, please don’t hesitate to contact us on (08) 9381 2800.