TALLMADGE – Nursing homes and senior living facilities are working to keep seniors safe.
Danbury Senior Living, 73 East Ave., encourages family members to call or visit from outside the window, but Renee and Austin Thompson used their creativity for a visit.
Life Enrichment Director Carrie Wilmot said the two siblings were used to coming to visit but knew they couldn’t visit in person. They rented a cherry picker to reach the second floor window to see their mom.
Danbury has 87 residents, and everyone is doing great and staying healthy, Wilmot said. The Ohio Department of Health policy is for staff to wear masks and gloves. Residents are "homebound" and stay in their rooms.
"We bring entertainment and food to them," Wilmot said. "There is an abundance of caution even though we have not had any [coronavirus] cases."
They limit outsiders to the building, and all staff wear the masks and gloves to protect everyone, she said.
As activities director, Wilmot schedules face time with family through technology in addition to calling by phone or visiting through a window.
"We’re trying to get as much interaction but with being safe," Wilmot said. "We’re all stir crazy but keeping our spirits up with snacks, magazines and anything I can bring them to keep them busy in their rooms."
Residents receive three meals a day and family members bring coffee, extra food or personal items. Wilmot also does shopping for residents if they need something.
"They have a lot of what they need and I pick up the slack," she said. "Their families are helping to take care of them, too."
The city of Tallmadge has three skilled nursing homes at Heather Knolls, Essex Healthcare and Summit Villa Care Center and two more senior living facilities at Ahepa and Tallmadge Acres in addition to Danbury. They also need to follow the Ohio Department of Health policy for COVID-19.
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