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NDIS and Isolation - how to stay connected while self-isolating

The coronavirus pandemic has caused all our routines to be interrupted. Those with preexisting conditions are more at risk of contracting Covid-19 so staying safe inside our homes is a priority.


But just because you’re spending more time inside doesn’t mean you can’t stay connected. With service providers adapting to the new restrictions, there are ample opportunities to stay in touch.


At Bright Plan Management, we’re strong believers in the power of connection. We want to make sure that even though you’re self-isolating, you’re not feeling the sting of loneliness.



Embrace online


Service providers are having to innovate in response to the coronavirus pandemic. With restrictions placed on the number of people who can gather in groups, it makes social outings and supported day programs impossible.


NDIS participants who rely on these services to get out of the house and socialise will likely be missing this valuable interaction.


It’s a good idea to check in with your service providers to see if they are adapting any of their supports to an online platform. Art therapy sessions may now be a Zoom live call and exercise classes might be hosted on Google Hangouts. Your provider may have other alternatives to in-person activities, so give them a call.


This period of isolation is also a great idea to explore other avenues of connection on the internet. The National Gallery of Victoria is hosting virtual tours of their exhibitions and many artists on Instagram are hosting tutorials.



Schedule calls


Video calls or chatting on the telephone are excellent ways to continue to feel connected while in isolation.


Reaching out to family, friends and informal supports to let them know you’d like to create a designated time for a chat is ideal. Not only do you get to catch up with people and hear about what’s going on in their lives, but you create a mini-schedule for yourself.


Having a schedule can help manage feelings of pointlessness and restlessness. Scheduling calls in the afternoon or evening give you something positive to look forward to each day.



Organise a (virtual) party


Now, we know that traditional parties and get-togethers are off the cards, however, that doesn’t mean that you can’t hang out with your friends online.


Organise a virtual party. The app Houseparty is designed to facilitate group video chats and even incorporates games such as trivia and Pictionary.


Games aren’t your thing? Get together with your friends and watch a movie with Netflix Party. The free Google Chrome extension allows you and your friends and family to watch a movie at the exact same time. It even offers a chat function so you can share comments, gifs and emojis while you watch!



Feeling too connected?


Staying connected online can drain your energy, just like socialising in person. So, it’s okay to take a break from it. Let your friends and family know that you’re not using your phone or computer for a while and spend some time away from your screens.


Wondering how your services are adapting to the restrictions? Or looking to chat with someone about your NDIS plan? The team at Bright Plan Management are here and ready to help.


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