Coronavirus Update #202
Stories of Care
Uplifting news from the long-term care profession

Long term care providers across the country found new ways to allow patients and residents to celebrate Thanksgiving with loved ones this year with social distancing. John Mewborn, a resident at Morningside of Sumter in South Carolina said, “the best thing” is simply being able to see his daughter. Read More

Avondale Estates of Elgin, Illinois pulled out all the stops to provide COVID-safe Thanksgiving entertainment this year. Members of staff teamed up to decorate carts with various holiday and seasonal themes and then paraded them down the halls of the building as “floats” in their own special Thanksgiving tradition. To add to the engagement, voting took place to decide the best float. Read More

Stacey Urban, the director of activities and social services at Blue Stream Rehab was nominated by her reverend to receive honors from her local news station for bravery and compassion during the pandemic. Urban said she’s thankful for the nomination, but she’s just doing her job. Read More

A centuries-old holiday received a decidedly modern update at St. Paul’s Elder Services in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. “Rolly the Robot” made its debut on Thanksgiving day with the goal of reducing social isolation and bringing families together. “Technology is a relatively new concept for our friends, but the way they interact with the person(s) on the screen is so heartwarming to watch unfold,” said activities director McKenzie Krohn. Read more
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