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Local senior community helps keep residents connected to loved ones

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MOUNT HOREB (WKOW) -- The doors at Ingleside Communities were closed to visitors last week.

"It's difficult when you can't have your family come in and out as they want," says resident Dawn Wood. "But Ingleside has made it relatively easy."

The staff have found creative ways for some face-to-face interactions. Friends and family can talk to loved ones through a window on their phones. The residents have even had a crash course in various video chat services such as FaceTime and Skype.

"It's very important for the social well-being of our residents and patients," says administrator Collin Smith. "They need that contact with patients to help feel a sense of normalcy and not feel so isolated."

Smith says the interactions have helped keep spirits up.

"We're seeing more smiles. We actually had one patient, she had been down the last few weeks. Being able to FaceTime with her loved ones, we've seen her smile more."

Those smiles have also been on display on Facebook where staff have made sure to post plenty of pictures, including a bunch of Easter-themed jokes.

"We need a lot of smiles right now. It eases the stress and boredom of it all," says Wood.

Smith adds that the fun-loving posts also help keep morale high for the staff. He also mentions Ingleside Communities is looking to add to their staff at this time of great need and recommends job-seekers check out their postings at:

Lance Veeser

Sports Director, 27 News

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