I must preface this letter by stating that I realize nursing homes have one of the toughest jobs there is and must adhere to the recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But to us loved ones on the outside, these rules are becoming much harder for us laymen to understand. An example is the latest ruling. If both patients and their loved ones have both had their COVID shots then according to the latest rules, we should be able to visit the homes and not have to wear a mask and actually hug our loved ones, right?

Not so, according to the nursing homes. They say they are still in lockdown, which is becoming too much to bear as these patients have been held as prisoners for a year and counting and the toll on loved ones is mounting with anxiety, depression, etc. Patients too!

If anyone reading this knows why this is still happening, please let me know as all I get for answers is, “We’re still in lockdown.”


Frank Slason


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