TOPEKA (KSNT) – Life is finally starting to return to normal at Homestead of Topeka, a long-term care facility. Residents were finally able to remove their masks after having to wear them for more than a year and a half.
All residents and staff of the facility are fully vaccinated, which is why they no longer have to wear masks. They were surprised by the announcement and the residents are delighted. They said the masks created a giant barrier between them and their loved ones.
After removing the masks, they continued with their daily activities but were able to see each other face to face. One activity they participated in was singing a song as a group. A small but monumental moment that represents normalcy for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
Chiefs of staff said they were proud of their residents for coming through the pandemic together.
“COVID has made our situation more like a thunderstorm where we are under this very dark cloud and dancing among the lightning bolts,” said Susan Bullock, executive director of Homestead Assisted Living. âBeing able to live this experience as a group, we all row this boat together. “
Guests visiting Homestead of Topeka will still have to go through a small screening process, but as long as they have been fully vaccinated, they do not need to wear masks inside the building.