Caring for Those in Quarantine


Caring for Those in Quarantine
I got a text from my best friend this week saying she tested positive for Covid-19. Thankfully, she is vaccinated and her symptoms are mild so far, but she has some pain and fatigue. She and her three children will all need to be quarantined for at least the next 10 days, and possibly longer if one of them starts showing symptoms.
If your community is anything like ours, this is not surprising. Covid cases are spiking in some areas. Plans are constantly changing. People are hurting. This, on top of the long-term fear and fatigue we're all feeling, calls for an extra dose of love, compassion, and care.
Here are some ideas for how to help friends and family who are quarantined:

Caring for Those in Quarantine

  • Offer to set up a meal schedule or deliver a meal to their porch. I took my friend one of my favorite meals - Korean Beef BBQ bowls, Green Beans Almondine, homemade applesauce and ice cream sandwiches. These containers from Target were a perfect fit for this meal.
  • Suggest they set up a schedule listing their needed grocery or supply items (this can be linked to an existing meal schedule)
  • If grocery pick up is available in your area, offer to pick up and deliver a grocery order to their porch
  • Send the family or friend a gift card to a local restaurant that offers delivery
  • When you're headed to the store, send a quick text asking what is needed
  • Order a board game, puzzle, Lego set or scrapbooking supplies to be delivered
  • Offer to have an online "coffee date" using Zoom, Skype, or Facetime to help pass the time
  • Set up a time to "work out" together online. Yoga workouts suit this well and this site is a favorite of ours.
  • Send or deliver a quarantine care package. We love the idea of giving a plant to liven up the indoor space. Candles, books, blankets, gift cards, cards/envelopes/stamps, and drawing supplies are also all good ideas. I got my friend's kids activity books to help occupy their time, like this Spot the Difference Picture Puzzle, Blank Comic Book, and these pretty scratch boards.
  • Send encouragement through texts, emails, or calls
Using all of the recommended precautions, we can continue to care for our friends and family if they are in need. Our efforts might look a little different as we can't physically be there for them, but we can continue to support them from afar.

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Welcome! We're thrilled you stopped by. Our own joys and sorrows have taught us that a well-timed meal delivered by a friend is one of the best gifts imaginable. In this space, we share our favorite recipes to take to friends, meal-taking tips, and other ways to care for those who are dear to you.

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