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`Hardly a dry eye' at Kiowa Manor's honk parade

 

April 15, 2020

Macie Malone

Top Left: Staff helps the Kiowa Manor residents get comfortable to watch the honk parade to lift their spirits during this COVID-19 pandemic. Here resident Merle Kersten is completely relaxed in his lounge chair to watch the parade. Top Right: Kiowa Manor resident Harold Cantrell told his sister-in-law Marcia that he "loved" the parade and thought it was "really fun." Harold said he likes how the community supports the manor and added that he really appreciates the nurses and aides who spoil him. Bottom: Kiowa Manor residents sit on the lawn to enjoy the honk parade of their friends and family during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, which causes zero visitation and a feeling of isolation at the manor. In front, Jack and Corine Harding sit on the bench with many residents scattered on the lawn for the parade on the beautiful day.

On one of the beautiful days last week, residents of Kiowa's Manor got to soak up the sunshine and love expressed to them by family and friends who drove by in the alley in a honk parade. There's been no visitation at the manor in an effort to keep residents safe and healthy – away from the COVID-19 pandemic. The parade was a way to lift spirits and it did.

Kiowa District Healthcare Community Health and Education Coordinator Macie Malone said, "There was hardly a dry eye. It meant so much to the residents who haven't been able to see their families and friends." Staff had residents sitti...



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