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Centralia skilled nursing facilities meet the challenge

Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 6:49 am

Some have called them our, society’s forgotten.

While many are going about their business, obeying or ignoring the stay at home orders and social distancing directives to varying degrees, the approximately 92 residents of Centralia’s three senior care facilities are in situations that require them to follow those directives, especially the stay-at-home one, to the letter.

That has made things challenging for the dozens of hard-working professionals dedicated to the seniors’ care. Especially the emotional care.

Monika Baker, right, hand over some hand-made masks to Bristol Manor administrator Stephanie Phillips

All three facilities are in lock down, with their residents only able to communicate with their families and loved ones via phone, computer screen, or through a window-pane.

While life goes on outside their walls, the professionals at Bristol Manor, Heritage Hall and Stuart House have been working to keep spirits up and smiles happy.

“We’ve been isolated for six weeks.” Stephanie Phillips of Bristol Manor said. “Volunteers have made a big difference, pointing to Dagwood’s of Mexico bringing a submarine sandwich dinner to Bristol Manor’s residents one night, as well as Centralia First Baptist Church volunteers sewing and donating protective masks for residents and staff. “The community support has been awesome.”

For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard