Providers unleashed an array of entertaining ways to boost resident morale and stave off feelings of isolation following a nationwide order to close all nursing homes to nonessential visitors.

Among the ideas: FaceTime book clubs between residents and their families; serenades through windows, including a performance from a bagpiper; hallway bingo games and a variety of contests.

Meanwhile, individual facilities, chains and associations began campaigns encouraging the public to send handwritten cards, letters and videos to residents. More stories of creativity can be found at