During times of uncertainty family members want to make sure their loved ones are staying safe at nursing homes and senior living centers.
They have temporarily banned visitors, but it’s a restriction that doesn’t appear as though it will be lifted in the near-future.
“Obviously it’s really been difficult because the residents that live at Bridges are used to being able to visit freely with their family members,” Elizabeth Ambrose, owner and operator of the Bridges Cornell Heights in Ithaca told CNYCentral.com.
That’s an assisted living facility, which approximately 48 residents call home. They closed their doors to all people except essentials.
“At the end of the day, we want to be able to look into the eyes of our residents and their family members and say, ‘We did everything we could’,” she said.
The 64 employees that work at the facility are also taking measures to keep the residents safe like keeping track of their temperature before entering the building as well as wearing gloves and masks.
Those who work at these facilities say finding ways to connect with residents is important. Especially for family members. So it means using different pieces of technology, if necessary, to ensure that they have the connection.