DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The COVID-19 pandemic has made it almost impossible to connect with loved ones, especially for residents of senior care facilities, but one local nursing home is taking the next steps to safely have more visitors.
Wesley Place began outdoor visits two months ago after the COVID-19 county positive percentage began to decrease.
Now, along with CDC and CMS guidelines, Wesley Place will be able to open more options for visitors.
“Well, we’ve been doing the outdoor visits with the plexiglass screens, and that’s been going well,” Executive Director Dan March said. “(We’ve) been doing that for a couple months. CMS’ direction is that if there are no positive cases within the last fourteen days people can begin doing inside visits.”
March explained that the assisted living side of the facility will begin indoor visits on Oct. 26 and hope to also start communnal dining again on the same day but with social distancing guidelines.
He said that since the visits have begun, residents have been happier and more positive despite the continuation of the pandemic.
“Yeah people’s faces light up when they connect, when they reconnect with their family, even if it’s through a piece of plexiglass,” March said. “They can see them. They can see each other. They know they’re okay, and their hope is rekindled by being able to see their loved ones.”
The director stated that they are still hyper vigilant about cleaning and keeping residents, and staff members, safe, and they are ready for the next step.
“So just doing what we already know to do, consistantly every day, every employee,” March said.