It has been many months since I have been able to hold my grandmother’s hand or give her a hug. I miss singing to her and rubbing her back. Is she feeling lonely or scared?
Covid has brought tremendous challenges to families who have loved ones in nursing homes. The nursing homes must enforce strict rules for visitation in order to keep their patients safe. I fully respect and understand that. At the same time, I wonder if her quality of life would be better at home with a live-in caregiver. Her children and grandchildren would be able to come and visit her with masks and social distance. She would get to hear the kids singing. I wonder if the programs that she used to have in the nursing home are running in the same way that they used to. Is the nursing home bringing her enough value?
I am starting to wonder if seniors are better off at home these days.