Families get creative to celebrate Mother’s Day at long-term care facilities

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — While parts of Ohio are opening up, restrictions at long-term senior living facilities are still in place. 

Seniors are more vulnerable to COVID-19, so visitors are not allowed inside. 

This meant families couldn’t celebrate Mother’s Day like they usually do.

Before the storms rolled through Sunday afternoon, the lawn at Ohio Living Westminster Thurber had dozens of Mother’s Day signs made by loved ones of residents.

Most were taken in before they blew away. 

It was just one way families made sure moms were still celebrated this Mother’s Day.

Grammie, Mimi, Grandma…what each family calls their grandmothers has some personal touch just like the ways they’re celebrated on Mother’s Day.

Ohio Living’s lawn was covered with signs.

Around the corner at one of the independent living buildings, Marilyn Dreier sat outside as her family gave her air hugs. 

“It was really a gift to see them, to be able to converse, and just to let them know that we love them,” she said.

At Mayfair Village Assisted Living in northwest Columbus, Jasilika Davidson dropped off several bouquets.

It was her second day of deliveries to central Ohio senior living centers as she tries to make sure moms who don’t have family in the area still feel the love. 

“I wanted to spread a little love to the seniors here who are isolated in different communities just to let them know I was thinking about them,” Davidson said.

Also at Mayfair, Becky Gibbons and Suzanne Besser visited their mom Barbara through the window like they do several times a week.

“It was absolutely more special because it’s Mother’s Day,” Gibbons said.

They miss the hugs and the longer visits they can’t have because of COVID-19, but at least they still get to see each other.

“The fact she can see us face to face, we call her every day but it’s not the same as being able to come and see her in person even through the window,” Besser said.

Of course, while many of these celebrations are fun in their own ways, everyone’s hoping next year’s Mother’s Day can be more of what we’re used to.

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