99-Year-Old Woman Feels Like ‘Prisoner’ In Nursing Home Without Visits Amid Shutdown

Sophia Hall
June 29, 2020 - 4:26 pm

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    MINEOLA, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A woman who is about to turn 100-years-old says she feels like a prisoner in her Long Island nursing home because she’s not allowed visits with her family. 

    Anna, who did not provide a last name, will turn 100-years-old in August and although she is blind, she is otherwise in good physical health.

    However, because of coronavirus rules, she is unable to see her family in person – which has become a painful experience as she relies on touch to “see” her family members. 

    The 99-year-old is only able to see being through a window screen, which she says makes her feel trapped. 

    “I want to be out too. I’m just as good as everybody, why can’t I be out like everybody? He’s out, they’re out, they’re all out and I’m stuck in here like a prisoner,” she said. “I feel like I’m in prison.”

    Her daughter, Cindy, says the rules must change. Her mother and others who are in good health should be allowed to go outside and have visits.

    “Every time I leave her, she puts her hand on the screen and cries and I can touch her through the screen,” Cindy says. “So, if I can touch her through a screen, why can’t she get a family hug?”

    She says her mother is becoming depressed under these conditions. 

    Cindy hopes outdoor visits with nursing home patients can happen in the near future. 

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