Nursing homes can now further relax visitation policies under new guidance from the louisiana department of health. This comes a year after the covid-19 pandemic began.
Brittany Estilette received a call that she was waiting for since the beginning of the pandemic. That call was to see her grandmother again.
“Talking to her through a bedroom window for a year was just not enough. I needed to touch her. I needed to feel her.” Brittany Estilette said.
The pandemic took a toll on nursing homes nationwide but after a year of facetime calls and window visits , Estilette was finally able to hug her 92-year-old grandmother.
“The stress from the year felt like it just disappeared within that 30 minutes of being able to be there with her. Yes we had to sit outside , yes we had to mask up, but i could still hold her hand and that was just in it self worth the wait”
Other residents across the community were also able to see their loved ones as vistations became available at River Oaks Retirement Manor.
“Even though they were still required to wear the mask, you can see their eyes lit up , ya know they had tears in their eyes , and the eyes are a window to the soul , and it just shows the joy and the life that they still had.” Sheree Blanchard said.
Estilette encourages people to love on their families as much as they can.
“So many people have lost their lives to covid. I am thankful that my grandmother didn't because that was one of my worst fears that I will never get to give her another hug and kiss again. What if something happens , ya know, just take advantage of every single minute that you can get with someone.” Brittany Estilette said.
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