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Hugs from a distance

The pain of having loved ones in a nursing home during the pandemic

by Kristy Edenfield

Approximately 30% of the U.S. population provide care for elderly, disabled, or chronically ill family members

BEFORE the pandemic started, Chief Judge Tammy Stokes would visit her mom, Ruby, daily at Azalealand. Once the pandemic started, everything changed.   “I had the longstanding routine of seeing my mom two to three times daily, generally centered upon lunch and dinner so I could be company for her, and feed her,” says Stokes. “I was as dependent upon my visits to her as she was. I saw her so often for myself as much as it was to care for her.”

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