BERNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Many residents in long-term care facilities haven’t been able to see their family members face to face in months.
“To have a pandemic that actually closes the doors of your facility and doesn’t allow for psychosocial interaction, engagement, or family interaction for almost four months. It probably takes as big of a toll on the residents and families as the COVID itself,” Mason said.
The Swiss Village staff was eager to find a solution to allow residents a way to see their families as soon as Indiana Back on Track Plan would allow.
“I actually cried, because it is such a wonderful thing,” said Swiss Village Activities Director Deb Stevens. “It's been over three months since they have been able to see their family members. It makes their day, and it changes their mood.”
Swiss Village began offering outdoor visits for pre-registered families to spend time with residents at the long-term care facility.
“As soon as we posted our slots for registration it filled up as quickly as possible,” Mason said. “Right now we do this Monday, Wednesday and Friday in half-hour increments throughout the day.”
Mason said he has been encouraged by the feedback of both residents and the visiting families and hopes to begin the outdoor visitations five days a week soon.