Families struggle with nursing homes restrictions

Families struggle with nursing home restrictions

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE): It’s been days since many have seen their loved ones after the Department of Health instructed nursing homes to take precautions to protect the elderly.

Some at West View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in West Warwick are wondering when they are able to see their families again now that visitors there are banned.

“It’s a good precaution because there’s a lot of people that are susceptible plus with the flu going around so I think it’s a good move,” Ariana Resende, said. “It’s just a little hard because I can’t go there right now.”

Resende’s 98-year-old grandmother lives at the nursing home. Anyone who tries to go inside the building will be greeted by a sign on the door stating no visitation is allowed.

Although Resende is left wondering when she will see her grandmother next, she says it is for the best.

“I’m really glad they did this so nobody can go in and god forbid gets them sick. It’s a little nerve-racking,” Resende said. ” I get a little worried but she’s okay.”

While West View’s restrictions go beyond the state instructions, all nursing homes are instructed to restrict visiting hours and ban visitors under the age of 18.

That has been difficult for Kim Mccullough, a Providence resident, who has a mother-in-law at Berkshire Place Nursing Center in Providence.

“My 10-year-old isn’t allowed to visit her grandmother,” Mccullough said. “She talks to her 4 or 5 times a day, but just not being able to be with her or see her.”

“It’s all a little concerning but I know she’ll be taken care of,” Resende said.

At a press conference on Wednesday, the Governor said it’s important Rhode Islanders continue working together to protect the elderly and continue following these restrictions.

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