OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (WLOX) - COVID-19 has put a halt to visitation at senior living facilities. After months of FaceTime calls, window visits, and eventually, 10 feet distant courtyard visits, families now have a new way to see their loved ones.
At the Lighthouse senior living facility, there’s now a visitation room. What used to be a window in the salon area is now a door to allow outside people inside.
The salon is now divided with a glass wall into two separate rooms. One side is for the seniors, and the other is for visitors.
“We were able to come in and see him. There’s a phone set up so we can both hear each other and there’s a glass petition between us so it’s safe,” said Margrat Webb.
The visitors will never enter the facility; they’ll enter the designated room, which is now the visitation area. This room allows families to interact with their loved ones, similar to what they are used to.
“Even though we haven’t been able to see him like we would like and touch him, hug him and hold him. We know he is in a safe environment and he’s really still thriving,” said Webb.
The staff says after a while of the alternate visits, they have noticed it wasn’t too pleasant because most of the seniors are hearing or seeing impaired. But this area brings back smiles and laughter for all who enter.
Even though there is no limitation on visitors, the staff encourages only a few family members visit at a time, while others wait outside so residents can feel comfortable and not be overwhelmed.