No visitors, but still lots of fun: How MediLodge is making residents smile

No visitors, but still lots of fun: How MediLodge is making residents smile

MediLodge by Matt Vande Bunte

In some ways, skilled nursing facilities look a lot different during the COVID-19 pandemic. To mitigate spread of the coronavirus, no visitors are allowed, dining halls are empty and certain social activities have been cancelled.

But in other ways, things look just the same. After all, residents and their caretakers and non-clinical staff in housekeeping, maintenance and other areas are still making each other smile each day.

Meow! Mask-wearing staff members dress up as cats to entertain residents at MediLodge of Livingston in Howell.

Meow! Mask-wearing staff members dress up as cats to entertain residents at MediLodge of Livingston in Howell.

Sure, this pandemic is a trying time for everyone, and for families of loved ones in nursing care it can even be heartbreaking. Yet, for every story of a resident being sick without family by their side, there are countless more examples of residents smiling – despite the current reality of visitor restrictions and social distancing guidelines.

Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference in a person’s day, from employees dressing up in goofy costumes to residents making paper airplanes to special, door-to-door deliveries of ice cream floats.

“Due to COVID 19, our residents have had to stay in their rooms, so we have brought the fun to them!” said Laura Decker, activities director at MediLodge of St. Clair.

Go ahead and take a break from the daily roll call of coronavirus headlines, and take a look at these beautiful scenes from MediLodge skilled nursing facilities across Michigan: