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Notes and treats substitute for visits during flu outbreak

Posted Feb 07 2011 12:00am

Dear Carol: Last year, during a flu outbreak, the nursing home where my mom lives wouldn’t allow visitors for over a week. I understand why they did that, but it was very hard on Mom to not have me tend to her needs. Any advice if this happens this year? Angie 

Dear Angie: When both of my parents lived in a nursing home, the same thing happened to us. To prevent the spread of the flu virus to vulnerable elders in the nursing home, the home’s administration banned visitors for ten days. This action was necessary, but hard on my parents, especially my dad, who had a severe type of dementia caused by a failed brain surgery. Mom could use a telephone and had one in her room, so we spoke several times a day. With each call, I reminded her why I wasn’t coming for my daily visit.

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