Special Edition: Stories of Care
NPR profiled how several LTC providers are helping their residents and families adjust to new social distancing and shelter-in-place mandates. Whether it is helping get video conferencing software installed and running, holding a tablet for video chats, or accesting special grocery drop-off deliveries, staff tried to ease the transition for everybody involved. One family member said her parents inspired her: “They don’t call them the greatest generation for nothing,” she says. “They’re very good at being flexible and understanding, giving up a few things for the greater good.”
The Baltimore Ravens football team donated 3,000 ponchos to Lorien Health Services, a family-owned nursing home and assisted living company in the Baltimore area. The CDC released guidance saying ponchos are acceptable personal protective equipment when other supplies are not available. Lorien staff will use the ponchos when caring for non-COVID residents. If you or someone you know would like to coordinate a donation to a local care center, please visit https://carenotcovid.com/
A group of retiree friends who regularly played at health care providers in their community didn’t let social distancing get in the way of seeing their long-time fans. The “Bongo Kings” already worked out an outdoors staging setup with one long term care center in southern Alabama, and the band said they are working to expand. “It’s really important for them to be able to vent some of this stuff and to have some fun,” said a member.
Clara from Kentucky sends her message of support to all those working in residing in long term care centers right now. “You’re very brave” she says, even when “times are scary and hard.” She signs off by telling everybody they are “appreciated.” If you know someone who would like to record a message for a senior in a care center or a caregiver, please visit https://carenotcovid.com/.
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