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How to Stay Connected to Family Members When You Can’t Visit

Posted on: May 07, 2020

Contributor: David Troxel, M.P.H. 

With the seriousness of the COVID-19 outbreak, Christian Horizons communities are closed to all but the most essential visitors. While this move helps residents stay healthy, we know it can also lead to social isolation and depression. 

The lack of visiting or connection can add stress and worry for both resident and caregiver used to spending time with his or her family member.   Here are some ideas for staying connected in this time of “social distancing.” 

Despite all the current challenges, we are doing our best to keep residents healthy while encouraging as much activity as possible.  There are lots you can do from 6 feet apart! 

Dementia Care Consultant to Christian Horizons, David Troxel, M.P.H., serves as an expert resource to our ministry’s leadership, associates and family members. He is available for memory care questions, advice and needs at no charge.  Especially during this time of restricted visitation, reach out to David if you have memory care related questions at (916) 600-8075 or

David Troxel, M.P.H., has become nationally and internationally known for his work as a writer, teacher and expert on caregiving. He is the co-author of six influential books, most notably The Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care (with Virginia Bell).