A taste of freedom for nursing home residents
By Ashleigh Plemper
Farmer Staff Writer
“She’s still fixing her hair,” said Sonja Prestangen, who has finally been able to visit her mother, Olga Hovet, since restrictions were loosened at the Good Shepherd Home (GSH) in Watford City on Feb. 12.
As many people got to experience life on normal terms for the first time in a long time after COVID-19 numbers dropped earlier this year, the long awaited day would feel more like a taste of heaven for residents of the GSH when they had restrictions loosened last month. The loosening of restrictions would mean allowing in-person visitors for the first time in almost a year.
“It’s been great to see her in person and to be able to be in her room now,” says Prestangen.
As Hovet decided on a necklace to wear, a nearby nurse swooped in and drooped a cashmere cardigan across her shoulders leaving Hovet perfectly poised.
“We could visit before, but it was always in the activity room,” says Prestangen.