DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — This time last year Wesley Place nursing home residents were adapting to life amid a global pandemic.
Since residents couldn’t spend time with their loved ones, Mother’s Day was an unusually solemn affair.
“While Mother’s day was on the calendar it was just a very restricted environment in which we celebrated it. It was just a limited basis,” Executive Director Dan March said.
As the pandemic seems to be getting closer to an end and case numbers trickle down due to the high vaccination rate among residents and staff, the nursing home is adjusting its policy.
This year, visitors will be allowed to come in and spend one hour with their mothers.
“Residents and their family members are all hungry to reconnect to hug someone, kiss someone, or just to see ’em in some cases because they haven’t been able to see them in one room for a long time,” He said.
March says many visitors will choose to pick up mom and treat her to a nice dinner.
However, if you’re unsure about dining in a restaurant or if you don’t want to face the crowd the holiday brings, there’s no need to worry.
The nursing home plans to make sure this mother’s day is special no matter if residents and their families stay in or go out.
“We got special programs and dinners planned one household will have steaks and one will have chicken wings and there’s a group that is coming in bringing baskets of goodies for all of the moms, all of the mothers will get carnations,” He added.
March says each visitor will be screened at the door and you’re strongly encouraged to wear a mask especially if you haven’t been vaccinated.
Overall, they’ve been in contact with a lot of families and they are expecting a great turnout this year.