Family members put out hearts for their loved ones in nursing homes

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Many nursing homes were put on lock down quickly after the COVID-19 outbreak started moving into the area. Now staff members at the Kensington in Hastings and Country House in Grand Island have gotten creative with how to keep residents and families connected.

Family members support their loved ones in nursing homes by putting heart cut outs on their doors and windows. (Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)

"We want people to decorate their doors, their windows with hearts and just write a nice message to give residents some uplifting words," Director Jessica Soucie told Local4 News.

Residents have been on lock down for about a week now. While no one can come in, they do take the residents out on bus rides through town. For many seeing their family's decorations is the closest they can get to them.

"It means a lot to us," Soucie said. "We want to thank everybody for doing it because just being able to see that people do know about our residents even outside of their family members means a lot to everybody involved. The residents absolutely love it. They point it out sometimes before we even do."

They just started this gesture at both facilities and say they've already seen a large response. They're hoping more people will get involved as they hear about it.