COVID-19 – Staying in Touch at a Safe Distance

by Dan Gabbay

The spread of coronavirus has compelled many of us to break from our normal routine. That is certainly true of those in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities. They are all facing formidable challenges—not the least of which is safeguarding their staff, patients and residents, many of whom are particularly vulnerable to the virus.

A great number of these facilities have taken the painful, but necessary step of restricting visitors to essential personnel—such as healthcare professionals. If you have a family member or loved one currently hospitalized, rehabbing or living in a skilled nursing facility, this restriction can be hard on you and on them. You can, however, still talk to them—and even see them—virtually.

At Buffalo Center and Ellicott Center, the staff is doing everything they can to both protect your loved ones—and make it possible for you to spend time with them…on the phone or online.

Of course, you always have the option of calling, texting or emailing them. But if words are not enough, if hearing their voice is no substitute for sharing a smile with them, there are services such as Skype and FaceTime.

For the time being, until the restrictions are lifted: if you can’t go for an actual visit, go digital.

Buffalo Center is located at 1014 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo and can be reached at 716-883-6782. Ellicott Center is located at 200 Seventh Street in Buffalo and can be reached at 716-847-2500.