We are unable to see my mother-in-law, who is safely ensconced in a nursing home and has had both doses of the Pfizer vaccine. While the nursing home is only about 800 metres away from our home, because of the lockdown, we cannot see her, which we used to do two or three times a week up until about a month ago.
The nursing home sends us a monthly newsletter by e-mail, and any news specific to my mother-in-law whenever that is required. While it is good for us to hear what is going on at the nursing home, hearing nothing about the old girl is good insofar as no news is good news. However, this is very much a one-way street. Normally one could ring an old person up or send an e-mail. However, the old girl’s hearing is so bad that a phone call is almost impossible (you have to shout and often repeat yourself) and she has never learnt to use a tablet or a computer; they are a completely alien concept to her.
My partner had a stroke of genius and suggested that we compile a ‘newsletter’ for the old girl to read. So, what we do is gather together photographs of all the family (mostly her grandchildren and great grandchildren), and any news they may have, and compiled these into a four-page newsletter in Adobe InDesign (which I used when I edited a scientific journal); save it as a PDF and e-mail that to the nursing home. They print it out, staple it together and hand it to the old girl to read. They then take a photo of her reading it and e-mail that to us. She usually has a wide smile on her face when reading it. Just another way to cope with lockdown.