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An anniversary sign, a happy birthday song and an engagement announcement. All separated by a window.
With the new coronavirus spreading around the globe and residential and retirement facilities across the country limiting visitations, a new reality is setting in: the window visit
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older adults and people with underlying medical conditions, including heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, are at an increased risk for complications due to COVID-19.
A Seattle-area nursing home, Life Care Center, was devastated by an outbreak of the new coronavirus.
Thus, came the window-side waves.
In Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina, Premier Living and Rehab Center shared a photo of what is an unforgettable moment for any grandparent: when a grandchild tells them they are engaged.
"Even though visitation is restricted at this time, staff suggested an alternative," the rehabilitation center wrote in a Facebook post. "Emotional and memorable, for sure!!"
Elsewhere, similar photos are cropping up. While the measures at these facilities are meant to protect, many still expressed sadness amid the disruption to normal life.
Bob Shellard held a sign outside of his wife's nursing home in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, to celebrate their 67th wedding anniversary on Saturday.
Shellard was't allowed to enter his wife Nancy's nursing home but still held a sign outside that read, "I've loved you 67 years and still do. Happy Anniversary," NBC Connecticut reported.
Nancy Shellard waved and blew kisses from the second story, the TV station reported.
"It makes me feel bad because I want her down with me, and I know she can't be," Bob Shellard said.
Due to coronavirus precaution, Bob Shellard isn't allowed to visit his wife in her Connecticut nursing home. So he stood outside her window and held up a sign that said "I've loved you 67 years and still do. Happy Anniversary."https://t.co/cIwZxwmZeNpic.twitter.com/nW86SYm4HU— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork)March 16, 2020
Millie Erickson celebrated her 100th birthday with her family behind the window of her Sterling, Massachusetts, nursing home.
Video showed the centenarian with a birthday hat and sign as family members sang "Happy Birthday" on Sunday.
"It was really nice that they let us do that," her son, Gary Erickson, told WCVB-TV. "She doesn't usually cry, but she did. She's just thrilled to see everybody, and she's lived a good, long life."
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the loved ones of Millie Erickson celebrated her birthday through a nursing home window in Sterling, Massachusetts.https://t.co/9cXuoKwHS1pic.twitter.com/EgFvvaQ4JW— ABC News (@ABC)March 17, 2020
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