'Quarantine Gone Wild'? You Have To See How A Nursing Home Is Cheering Up Seniors
They wanted to provide a safe (and fun!) way for their residents to enjoy a stress-free day during their state's lockdown.
As the fight against the novel coronavirus continues, some folks have gotten a bit more relaxed with their quarantine rules. Those who are more at risk for catching the virus, like people with compromised immune systems and nursing home residents, don't have that luxury.
Staff and residents at Wesley House Assisted Living in Hillsboro, TX are continuing to follow the state's health guidelines and outside visitors are still prohibited due to the pandemic.
"We have about 30 residents in our facility," Wesley House employees told KSAT. "Most of them are very independent, so having them on lockdown has really made a big change in their lives."
The staff at Wesley House set up a Farmer's Market for their residents with a lemonade stand and fresh fruit options...
That's why the staff at Wesley House has been working hard to come up with unique ways to keep their residents entertained as the lockdown continues.
The group's latest activity involved setting up a "Happy Hour," where residents sipped on beers and wine and got temporary tattoos. At the event, which took place in the facility's dining center, residents got to enjoy an alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage while a staff member applied a temporary tattoo of their choosing.
Residents got to enjoy a refreshment and got a temporary tattoo at a recent happy hour event. Wesley House Assisted Living/Facebook
The staff even set up a 'Tattoo Shop' display with dozens of design options for the seniors to choose from, including colorful flowers, butterflies and crescent moons.
The residents chose their tattoos from a display made by the staff. Wesley House Assisted Living/Facebook
Thankfully, there haven't been any cases of Covid-19 at Wesley House since the pandemic started. That said, the staff members are continuing to follow all of the safety measures that have been put in place.
"We quickly disinfect tables and chairs used for other residents to use when their turn comes," the staff said. "We have had dance parties, rotating residents in and out of the dining room."
The staff said that the event took about an hour and a half, and they followed health and safety guidelines the entire time. Wesley House Assisted Living/Facebook
After the event, the staff members shared photos of residents enjoying the tattoo/happy hour party to social media, along with the caption: "This quarantine has got us going wild! Had a few drinks and got tattoos!"
The staff say they want to keep facility members' lives "as normal as possible" during the pandemic. Wesley House Assisted Living/Facebook
The post captured the hearts of people all over the world and has been shared more than 100,000 times.
"This is the cutest thing I have ever seen," one person commented. "So thankful for those people that spend time and effort to brighten the days of others."
"Having just recently lost my mum to dementia..... and the wonderful nursing home who kept her safe in her last year....., Aaaaaaand the fact that I'm a tattoo artist, this is so beautiful," another person took the time to share.
The staff said there will be more happy hours and other fun events planned for their residents. Wesley House Assisted Living/Facebook
The staff members at Wesley House say they're trying to keep the resident's lives "as normal as possible" during such a difficult time. Judging from the smiles on the residents' faces as they got their new 'ink,' it seems they're doing just that – and a whole lot more.
Job well done!