Nursing home residents adjusting to pandemic restrictions

Published: Aug. 5, 2020 at 7:07 PM CDT
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DENISON, Texas (KXII) - A Denison nursing home has good news and bad news. The good news, they haven’t had one case of COVID-19 within their walls. The bad news, some of their residents haven’t seen their friends or family in months. Now they’re asking for help to cheer them up.

“That’s what I hate the worst. I miss my family and I hate the fact that they can’t come in and visit us,” said resident, Sharon Bullok.

Bullock has been a resident at The Terrace at Denison for the past 2 years. The Terrace at Denison says the limitations and restrictions they’ve put on visitation and leaving the facility have kept their residents safe.

“Well it’s been different, it’s been unusual with COVID-19 and all that that came through, and we all managed to get through it,” said Bullok.

No positive cases of COVID-19 so far, something Bullok is grateful for.

“They were the ones that kept us away from all the danger that was outside such as COVID-19 because they didn’t want us to go anywhere an catch it,” said Bullok.

“We’re really lucky to have a family environment here. I think that it’s really something that has made our residents keep a positive attitude and a good outlook,” said Activity Director at The Terrace, Kyley Hernandez.

Hernandez says it’s taken a toll on people who haven’t seen their families or friends in months now.

“The residents, they’re, they’re happy that we’re trying to keep them safe. They miss their families, but for the most part they understand,” said Hernandez.

So now they are asking for musicians to play in their courtyards, people to make window visits and send care packages.

“I did get a few responses from individuals in the community and that was really great too. We’re gonna have somebody come and paint the windows. But we’re still looking for anybody that wants to come, especially entertainment,” said Hernandez.

Anything that would lift the spirits of Bullok and the other residents.

“I just love the activities that we do get you know sometimes we get activities, said Bullok.

If you would like to help bring positivity to the residents at the Terrace at Denison, call 903-465-7442.

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