PAYSON, Utah — For practically a 12 months, many assisted residing facilities have been closed to the surface world as well being officers fought the COVID-19 pandemic, however with vaccinations underway, it has turn out to be more and more safer for them to reopen.
Assisted residing communities have been particularly hit by the pandemic and value the lives of many residents, however issues are trying up.
On Sunday, the Elk Ridge Assisted Residing Middle allowed KSL-TV cameras inside. It was the primary time in practically a 12 months that residents may welcome guests.
The colour must be good, however as soon as 94-year-old Ruth Sommers made up her thoughts, she let her inspiration movement.
“The thought will get put in my thoughts, what colours to make use of,” she stated. “It’s not me, it’s coming from up there.”
Ruth has spent hours bringing these pages to life as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has saved the remainder of the world out of her attain.
“It’s enjoyable, very enjoyable, and the world is someplace else,” she stated with fun. “I’ve all the time preferred to paint, however I by no means knew I’d do that.”
The 12 months has been powerful for the middle. Isolation — the pandemic’s collateral harm — has taken the lives of greater than a dozen residents from loneliness, a failure to thrive.
For Ruth, the toughest half is now behind her as she’s obtained the COVID-19 vaccine.
“I’ve had two of them,” she stated. “I’m accomplished with these. I hardly knew I had them they went so easy.”
Together with the opposite residents on the Elk Ridge Assisted Residing Middle, Ruth is greater than able to let the surface world in.
On Sunday, a few of Ruth’s lengthy misplaced pals — Lisa Bradshaw and her two daughters, Abby Bradshaw Sudweeks and Carley Bradshaw — stopped by to play music for the residents.
“Prior to now, we’ve come quite a bit,” stated Carley Bradshaw. “We wished to return, however (with COVID), we haven’t been capable of till now.”
Guests have solely been capable of say howdy from exterior the window.
“It’s enjoyable. It feels actually good to be right here,” stated Carley.
One may say this wasn’t simply music to the ears, however remedy for the soul.
As Ruth in her knowledge shared: you simply need to be you.
“Be your self and that’s all we will do,” stated Ruth. “It’s worthwhile to copy different folks, however be what you are feeling inside.”