FLORIDA, MIAMI, July 12 – Mary Daniel of Jacksonville, Florida, had not seen her husband, Steve, in 114 days after a state order banned nursing home visits due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Steve , 66, who has Alzheimer’s, resides in a memory care unit in a nursing home.
Daniel, 57, told Today that her husband started living at Rosecastle in Deerwood, a relief center in Jacksonville, last July. She said it was a difficult decision for him to go, but finally, Steve had shown that he thrived in an environment where he had opportunities to socialize.
Four months ago, everything changed when the COVID-19 pandemic hit Florida. “I went to see him every night, I helped him go to bed. I went to visit him on March 10, but on March 11 they called me and said he couldn’t come back,” She tells NBC.
According to Governor Ron DeSantis’ guidelines, nursing homes in Florida cannot receive visits due to the risk of spread and spread of COVID-19. Nursing homes and care facilities have been badly affected by the pandemic. Residents are older, often have underlying health problems, and live indoors that can increase the spread of the virus.
Daniel explained that she tried to visit her husband and see him through a window, but the man who just cried and couldn’t understand what was going on. After much thought, she came up with an idea to see it and contacted Rosecastle staff. Asked if she could volunteer or get a job in the limelight, she was willing to do anything to see her husband in person again.
This is how after a few days they called her and offered to be a dishwasher. She gladly accepted. She couldn’t be happier with her job, a job that gives her the opportunity to be with her husband every day.