Stories of Care – #CARENOTCOVID
Special Edition: Stories of Care
NASCAR Truck Driver Korbin Forrester recorded a message of support for long term care workers looking after the frail and elderly. Korbin’s racing team honored these workers with a decal on his racing truck. He said he was inspired by his mom, who is a long term health care worker herself. “Very, very thankful for everything you guys do,” he said. If you’d like to share a message with long term care workers, please visit CareNotCOVID.com.
Lantern of Chagrin Valley in Ohio is taking an extra step to allow loved ones to stay engaged while residents remain isolated to keep them safe from COVID-19. “It’s just a bunch of two-by-fours, some incredibly thick plastic and a copious amount of duct tape,” but the makeshift “hugging booth” allows family to embrace loved ones for the first time in months. “This is such a gift, it’s a wonderful gift you just can’t describe how wonderful it is just to hold her,” the daughter-in-law of a resident said.
Nicole Prince did not have a traditional high school graduation with her class because of fears about coronavirus spread, but the assisted living community where she works did not let that stop her from having a special ceremony. Chestnut House in Newark held a special event for Nicole where she walked down the hall in cap and gown, accepting flowers and balloons from residents to the tune of Pomp and Circumstance. “It makes me feel loved–a lot,” she said.
Maplewood Senior Living in the New York area is using a new helper to keep residents connected while maintaining social distance: robots. “Temi,” a special robot designed with seniors in mind, roams the halls delivering packages and even allows residents to video chat with loved ones. “Technology is not going to replace human interaction, we’re not looking to replace,” a Maplewood staff member said. “We’re looking to supplement it.”