Indianola Rehab treated to paradeBy BY RECARDO THOMAS STAFF REPORTER,
Like other states around the nation, Mississippi has deemed long-term care facilities as being high risk locations because their residents are older and suffer from health disparities and therefore are not allowing visitors.
The visitation restrictions placed on nursing homes and extended care facilities due to COVID-19 has made it impossible for family members to visit with loved ones and for their loved ones to experience the comfort of their family members while they are getting the necessary medical care they require. So, on Friday the staff at Indianola Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center took action.
Temesa Crawford, director business development and Willie Ann Dorsey, activities director planned and organized the facility's first parade of family and friends. Crawford said even though the center is not the first to hold such an event, it was a first for them.
Crawford said the parade was for patients as well as their families. The staff's hope was to provide solace for family members and bring a little joy to their residents, many of whom have not seen their relatives in well over a month.
Crawford said when the patients found out about the parade it really brought smiles to their faces. "The residents were really excited and they are still excited," she said.
The parade only covered two blocks and the family members made the loop at least twice as the staff and patients smiled and waved with glee. Crawford said they simply set the date and called the families and everyone showed up. "This is a good way to let them see their family members," she said.