As the COVID-19 situation continues, most people are practicing social distancing and self-isolation to help prevent its spread. While this is a challenging time for many, it is particularly difficult for people with disability. Being forced to stay at home and social distance has caused an interruption in many people with disability’s daily routines, which can have far-reaching consequences including preventing them from accessing some of the supports and services they need to be able to achieve their NDIS goals.
However, there are still many things for people with disability to do whilst in isolation. Keeping occupied during this period of self-isolation will not only help to prevent boredom but can also help to develop and practice new skills.
At Care Support Network, our Support Coordinators have given us some tips regarding how to help people with disability keep busy during isolation. So, with the help of our Support Coordinators, here are some of Care Support Network’s ideas for things to do in isolation for people with disability.
Social distancing and self-isolation have interrupted many people’s exercise and activity routines, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still ways to keep moving.
If you have the means, getting in contact with a fitness teacher can be a great way of keeping active. For example, they may be able to host online based get moving classes via a video communication platform like Zoom.
Additionally, one-on-one walks are an affordable and accessible way to keep active while still abiding by social distancing regulations. Just make sure to give other walkers a 1.5 metre berth when passing by.
Other physical activities that are easily accessible and entertaining include hula-hooping and juggling. These activities are ideal for keeping active whilst confined to a small space and can also help people with disability by providing them with a task to focus on and a goal to work towards. For example, you could set a goal to keep the hula-hoop spinning for at least 30 seconds or to be able to juggle for at least five rounds.
Activities for Different Capacities
Everyone has different preferences for the activities they like doing the most, which is why it’s important that activities cater for different capacities and inclinations. Some of these activities might include colouring books, painting, jigsaw puzzles, or outdoor activities like skittles or giant Jenga.
Depending on taste and preference, some people with disability may prefer certain activities over others. For example, for people who enjoy more sensory activities, something like playdoh or clay might be particularly beneficial, just like painting or drawing would be better for someone who was more visual.
Gardening is also a great outdoor activity that is ongoing and can also result in a tangible reward that satisfies the hard work and effort that goes into the gardening process. In particular, this is the perfect time to start planting winter vegetables.
Online Group Classes and Activities
Thanks to the power of technology, a sense of community and connection can still be fostered through group classes and activities that are hosted online through software and applications like Zoom. These group classes and activities can include everything from arts and crafts to cooking to physical activity.
Ideally, these classes should be kept relatively small. By having only three to four people in each session, participants have the opportunity to connect with each other while still receiving the one-on-one attention and support they require in order to fully enjoy the class and get the most out of it.
Have a Routine
One of the most difficult parts of social distancing and self-isolation is the disruption it poses to many of our routines. However, many organisations have quickly adapted to this ‘new normal’ and have found new ways of continuing to provide their services. As such, is possible, it can be extremely beneficial to retain a sense of continuity and normalcy in the daily routines of people who live with disability.
For example, if on a given day of the week, a certain class would usually be attended, you should check whether this the class is still available, even if only in an online capacity. The same goes for day programs or schooling.
Ultimately, this is undoubtedly a challenging time for many. However, there are still many supports and services available for people with disability that will help to get through this trying time. At Care Support Network, we are still committed to delivering our services without disruption so that our clients can continue to strive towards and fulfil their NDIS goals.