An assisted living facility in Richland, Ohio has created a hugging door so that “residents could safely hug their loved ones again.” The Dayspring Assisted Living and Care Facility has kept strict policies to keep residents safe since the onset of COVID-19. The policies have been quite effective in keeping the facility “COVID-free.” However, restrictions have taken a toll on residents unable to see their loved ones for almost a year.
The executive director noticed this, and asked the maintenance worker, Michael Barretta, if he could create something that would allow residents to see and hug their loved ones. He got to work, creating a door with a plastic screen that allows residents to hug safely. In addition, he created a window with a speaker and microphone so residents can see and talk to their loved ones. Barretta explained, “It’s not the same face-to-face that they’re used to, but it’s giving them exactly what they need during such a challenging time.” While it’s not the same as a plastic-free hug, and hopefully won’t be needed for too much longer, this innovative hugging door gives residents a connection for the first time since the onset of the pandemic.
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