A nursing home that has been in operation for nearly a decade has faced the challenge of keeping up with the demands of the new coronaviral pandemic.
On a recent Thursday morning, a line of about 100 nursing home residents was waiting for someone to come in to check on their care and safety.
“We’ve got to keep going, and it’s been a lot of hard work, and I’m a vet,” said Teresa Vickers, a nursing assistant at the Brookside nursing homes.
“But we’re here to serve the residents, and we’ve got a lot to do, and the hospital is taking care of everything.”
Vickers said she has spent most of her time caring for patients who have fallen ill at Brookside.
She and her team at the nursing home have worked to provide a safe environment for patients, but it’s become difficult to provide the care and care-giving staff needed to stay on top of the needs of the residents.
“I’ve been working with a lot more people, but the nurses have been dealing with the most people, so they’re not getting the support they need,” Vickers said.
The nursing home is one of more than 100 nursing homes across the U.S. that have received letters from the U,S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warning of an epidemic.
Nursing home residents who are still in the facilities and are not able to care for patients have reported being approached by people who claim to be from the federal government.
The letters have come from the DHS, the U-S Department of Homeland Security and the U.,S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services.
“We’ve gotten calls from the hospital asking us to leave,” Vicks said.
“And we’ve been told, ‘Oh, there’s so much work for you.
You don’t need to leave.'”
Vickers and her staff have worked overtime to make sure that residents stay safe, and that they’re getting the proper care.
She said she doesn’t know if the nursing homes are getting enough resources to keep up with that workload.
The nursing homes have also hired staff to help with the workload and to coordinate with other facilities to make certain that residents are getting the care they need.
While some residents say they have been unable to make ends meet because of the strain they’ve been put through, others are struggling to stay afloat.
One resident, Lisa Mears, who is recovering from an infection that has spread to her brain, said she can barely afford to buy groceries because she is too stressed.
Mears said she and her husband are trying to put food on the table for her children and her two adult daughters.
“They’re really hurting right now,” Mears told ABC News.
“I just can’t pay them any bills, they’re so poor, they don’t have a roof over their heads.”
Lisa Mears with her husband, James, who has severe neurological damage.
Lisa Mear says she is unable to pay the bills for her two daughters and her adult daughters because she cannot afford food.
“It’s really heartbreaking to see how much money they have to live off,” she said.
Mears said her daughter, who was born in 2011, is still working through her initial infection, and has been unable with her prosthetic limbs to care more than a few hours a day.
“She has to work, she has to earn, and she has nowhere to go,” Mear said.
Mear’s daughter has to be on the phone 24/7, texting friends to find help.
Merees children are also in need of medical care.
“It’s very hard for my family because my husband is in a wheelchair and my daughters can’t go out,” Mereys said.