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Letter: Many in nursing homes would welcome a visitor

Many in nursing homes would welcome a visitor

An enormous number of people are suffering here and around the world. You don’t have to look far to see the hurting and loneliness; it’s right in your own backyard.

At one time, I was a leader of a women’s group, and remembering those in long-term care facilities was of special interest. Not all residents have family who can help them with their needs.

Recently, when visiting an assisted-living facility, one of the residents lost her comb. An aide told me that the facility didn’t have anything like that for residents. It is the family’s responsibility to provide such items. There are some residents whose possessions amount to what fits in a single drawer. If something like a comb gets lost, they will never get another one unless an aide or visitor buys them one.

A resident I visit frequently wanted to go to an Easter service. I inquired at the facility and was told it doesn’t hold services. Someone comes in and does a fast walk through with communion.

It would be nice if, at this facility and many like it, a church figure or a retired clergyman could hold a service, especially on holidays.

For those who are able to do so, please visit a health care facility and ask the social worker about residents without a family or the means to pay for a needed item, or who just need a visitor.

Diane E. Scherer

Orchard Park

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