- When the Florida Governor issued an executive order prohibiting visitations to nursing homes, Mary Daniel was devastated because she couldn’t see her husband who is in Rosecastle at Deerwood due to Alzheimer’s.
- Mary, who used to visit Steve almost every day was not able to see him for 114 days due to the coronavirus lockdown.
- Mary was offered a dishwashing job at the nursing home just to be able to see and hug her husband again.
Mary Daniel’s husband Steve, has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and is in a nursing home. She used to visit him every night.
Visitors were no longer allowed in nursing homes as part of the coronavirus containment measures of Florida as contained in an executive order by Gov. Ron DeSantis. This was to lessen the risk of contamination to its residents. Mary had to find a way to be with her husband.
She wanted to volunteer or get a job at the nursing home but there was none available. Finally, she received good news.
Mary said, “Rosecastle at Deerwood representative called and said, ‘Do you want a job?’ When I found out it was as a dishwasher, I thought, ‘Well, okay! I guess I’m a dishwasher now. I had to have a background check, a drug test, a COVID test, 20 hours of video training on everything, including infectious diseases. It was 100 percent legit.”
The 57-year old was finally able to see her husband after 114 days apart. She thought that her husband might not be able to recognize her but her beloved Steve cried and called her name.
Mary said, “When the world is crazy, just to have an hour to sit with him, and talk with him. He’ll lay his head on my shoulder. There’s something that comes with that comfort of just being together.”
The dishwashing job allows her to see her husband every Thursdays and Fridays on her 90-minute shifts and is very aware of the responsibilities that come with being there.
“The last thing I want is to be reckless and bring it in there,” Mary said. “I’ve been tested three times. I’m not going places I don’t need to go. If I have to go to the grocery store, I’m social distancing.”
Love really does find a way, with or without the coronavirus.
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