Visitations resume at nursing homes and other residential living facilities

Visitations are limited and must remain outdoors under new rules from the state.

Tuesday marked the first day in six months that people could visit their loved ones in nursing homes, hospice residences, and other residential living facilities.

The facilities where many senior citizens live are of special concern due to the overwhelming impact COVID-19 has had on older people. A majority of people who have died from the coronavirus have been over the age of 60.

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State officials barred visits to long-term care facilities early in the pandemic to prevent the spread of the virus. The governor announced the loosening of restrictions last week.

Park Village Pines, an assisted living facility in Oshtemo, began allowing visitors Tuesday, according to WWMT. Director Dave Bos said it was an important step for the residents.

“Their physical, emotional, spiritual well-being has greatly declined as a result of being quarantined, being separated and not being able to get out and physically move,” he said.

You can read more at WWMT.

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