NEW ALBANY, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — Family members are adjusting to the new normal during this time, and for some, that means fewer visits to loved ones.
To keep spirits and communication up, staff at First & Main Assisted Living and Memory Care in New Albany, created a space for families to visit.
“We are here to visit my mom and dad,” said Kelly Vaziri, as she waited outside the center. “They have been married almost 64 years.”
With two parents in assisted living, Kelly Vaziri was anxious about coronavirus. But, she quickly learned that her mom and dad were in great hands.
“The staff keeps them entertained and I’m able to call my mom at night and read poetry to her,” said Vaziri. “My dad makes videos that the staff sends us.”
The staff at the assisted living facility has gone above and beyond to make this time easier. They are doing so with the creation of a “Resident and Family Communication Lounge.”
"Hi mom,” said Vaziri as she waved to her mom from the outdoor lounge.
Family members and visitors can sit outside on the patio. Equipped with comfy chairs, markers, and paper, to write messages to those inside. While residents are on the other side of the door, inside the facility.
“You look great mom, you look happy, and healthy,” said Vaziri to her mother.
While it’s not a hug, this allows for a sense of normalcy. Allowing friends and family to laugh with each other, joke around with one another, and just have some quality time with the ones they love.
Vaziri said her parents are doing well. The facility is working hard to create activities, while social distancing, and keep residents in communication with one another.