Nursing home residents prepare for 2020 Thanksgiving visits

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– Many families are making difficult decisions this week about whether or not they will be together or apart on Thanksgiving amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Peer Counselor Tonja Myles says for many a safe decision will also be a heartbreaking one.

“You feel angry, you feel sad, discouraged,” Myles said. “I tell them look, this is just one day, you can celebrate when all this gets better, I also think about people who have lost loved ones to Covid, at least we can make that phone call to our loved one. We can go see them when this dies down.”

Nursing home residents are going on 9 months of isolation.

“They are doing really well considering this has been going on since March,” Gonzales Healthcare Marketing Director Jennifer Bercegeay said.

Bercegeay says their residents won’t be able to go home for the holidays but they can still have some face time with their families.

“We are having outdoor visits we are having window visits, door visits, some families are facetiming their loved one, so their family will be eating at home, their loved one will be eating here and they will have a facetime thanksgiving dinner,” Bercegeay said.

Myles asks everyone to remind your loved ones that this difficult time is only temporary.

“We are going to get through this we are going to be able to celebrate so many other days. and this one day will not define us or put us back,” Myles said.

Governor John Bel Edwards announced on Tuesday the state will move back into a modified version of phase two of Covid-19 restrictions.

It is unclear whether or not the restrictions will affect nursing homes.

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