By Thomas Sellers Jr.
Earlier this month, the Wesley Millington Towers located at 5077 Easley Street gave residents a safe chance to be visited by loved ones.
From a safe distance and with all precautions, residents were stations nearby a motorcade of vehicles. The cars and trucks were filled with family members and friends getting a chance to say “Thank you,” “Miss you,” and “I love you” to their seniors staying in the residential home.
Wesley Millington Towers is located near downtown Millington and has 80 one-bedroom apartments. There is an on-site care manager to assist residents in locating available city, county, and state services to meet their needs.
The need of family was met to the best of ability under the COVID-19 restrictions. Back in April, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Order 17 was in effect, directing how businesses and people should work to protect people during the epidemic. Visits are now limited just to those involving essential care at nursing homes, retirement homes and long-term care or assisted-living facilities have
In general, the CDC recommends these steps for nursing homes and other long-term care facilities:
Restrict all visitation except for certain compassionate care situations, such as end-of-life situations.
Restrict all volunteers and non-essential healthcare personnel, including non-essential healthcare personnel (e.g., barbers).
Cancel all group activities and communal dining.
Implement active screening of residents and healthcare providers for fever and respiratory symptoms.
For more advice from the CDC, visit cdc.gov and search for “coronavirus nursing homes.” The first result from that search leads to their web page titled, “Preparing for COVID-19: Long-term Care Facilities, Nursing Homes.”