WATCH: Nursing homes allow in-person visitations after nearly 6 months of isolation


BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– Nursing homes across the capital region are opening their doors to socially distanced visits.

Gonzales Healthcare Center allowed their first round of visits on Thursday.

“I know you can’t see their smiles, but you can see their eyes just light up,” Jennifer Bercegeay of Gonzales Healthcare said. “That’s what it’s all about, family and visiting family.”

Patsy Cox was one of the first to visit a resident, her sister who she said she visited through the window every day in the last 6 months.

“She was used to seeing me every day, I really missed her and I am so excited,” Cox said.

Other residents have to enjoy their grandchildren from a distance.

With socially distanced visitations now permitted the residents are hopeful this time of isolation will come to an end soon.

Visitors and residents must stay 6 feet apart and wear masks. Only two visitors are allowed to visit at a time.

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