Staying in touch while keeping a distance


by Jackie Nunnery

Commonwealth program director Evon Smith helps resident Elaine Keegan with a much-anticipated virtual visit with her daughter, Patricia Preistas.

It is natural to turn to loved ones when faced with uncertainty and anxiety about what the future holds. What happens when the same pandemic that fuels that anxiety is also the one preventing folks from being close?

At Commonwealth Senior Living at Kilmarnock (CSL), they get creative.

When the facility was forced to close to visitors in mid-March to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19, staff called on technology to bridge the physical and emotional gap between residents and family members, using photos and video to. . . .

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